Well here we are Saturday morning, after the first looooooong week of school. My darling son is playing lego, and wrestling with the dog – I’m not sure how this is possible, but apparently it’s lots of fun, and the dog is silly enough not to mind one bit.
What a hectic last few days at school. I will admit now, that I had my partner do the final drop off at the classroom for the last two days – we all walked as a family up to school, and then I waited outside the actual class area, while they went in. A cunning use of a book to distract our son was implemented, and this found my partner reading aloud not only to our child but his new best mate. This did the trick of distracting long enough for any post separation tears to be avoided. And then off they both went to look through some more books.
I can be thankful that our son has met another little person who wants to be his friend. I so wanted him to find someone to talk to and play with in this first week. A friend who would welcome the exploration of the school and the learning environment. We’ve done a lot of moving around since he was born, due in part to careers that took us in different directions and states of Australia. So for our child, he’s had to adapt to new environments and people on an almost regular basis.
This moving around did not help with building a stable support network, and so we are trying here in Ballarat to build one up for him. We’re lucky that we have neighbours who take an interest in him, and will listen as he spills out his tales of Lego, Star Wars and his numerous adventures. Unfortunately we only see our families a few times a year, so we’re trying to build up a network here, which is hard when his best mate from kindergarten is relocating back to Melbourne.
So I see school as providing the opportunity to extend not only his learning and education, but also his social network. To provide him with the opportunity to interact with a variety of children, and hopefully find some he wants to be friends with. After all friends help support us through the good and bad times of life, and provide the support framework for when family just isn’t there. They are the family we choose to have in our lives.