Beginning of the last term of primary school for our gorgeous girl.
For those of you not in Victoria, our children generally go to the same high school for 6 years so the only time our girl will definitely change schools is nearly upon us.
This is a momentous enough occasion as it is, without the added joys of building new relationships with students and teachers whilst ill and frequently absent, which is what our girl must face. (Unless some miracle occurs between now and February – we’d never knock back a miracle!)
Our girl went off happily enough for her 2 hour stint this morning and is now home getting reacquainted with the couch and her new best friend..the television.
Recently, when filling in a chart rating how she felt about certain aspects of her life, our girl labelled one section ‘Crappy Stuff’ and gave it a 10 out of 10. It took me a minute to work out that she was celebrating the fact that her parents let her indulge in crappy tv shows and magazines because she is ill….something we would have been much firmer about otherwise! Ah well, at least life is good for her in one section! And there was a new knife in the heart last weekend when she said, “This house is my prison.” We’ll do a lot to make it as tolerable as possible. I’ve even just acquiesced to her recording the Kardashian wedding – do you have any idea how hard that was?! 6 months ago I didn’t even know who the Kardashians were…and was better for it! Anyway I held out for a while but when it comes down to it I know it’s a stage she’ll grow out of and hell I just want her to be happy. The sad reality is that the ‘go outside and run around’ option is not open to us!
I am, however, continually exploring possible ‘green’ activities ie; ones that don’t exhaust her and keep her interested. She made some jelly today with the energy burst leftover from school socialising. I’m waiting on a delivery of detailed colouring books..think I’ll get into those too! And at some stage I’ll get some nice watercolours as she’s expressed an interest in that.
So, a good start to the term as far as her mood goes. The last weeks of last term she was staying at school for recess as well but she requested leaving before recess this week and since she wasn’t faring well late last term it seems like a good idea. I even offered her Wednesdays off but she’s keen to try to go so we’ll see.
We had a chat just before about high school, as it is on her mind too now, and she stated that she wanted to go every day of the first week at least to get to know other kids. Sounds like a push and crash recipe for disaster to me but not worth addressing it yet. Three and a half months to go until we must address it.
Only time will bring the answers….
What are your ‘green’ activities?