They grow up so fast.

I knew this week was going to be an emotional one. I don’t mean sad, not in any way at all but a pleasant mixture of sentiment and realizations of the way the years are passing by so incredibly quickly.  On top of that, I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by the most wonderful friends who know me inside out and come rain or shine—will always be there for me.

This week my son began senior school. Over the past few weeks we have been carefully prepping both physically and emotionally for the transition from little boy to teenager-in-waiting. There is no doubt he is ready for the step up, but I’m not sure I am.

Watching him learn how to do his tie up perfectly and seeing the pride on his face as he put his (slightly too big) blazer on for the first time brought tears to my eyes.

They say they grow up fast but no one can really explain just how fast. It seems only a couple of years ago that I was dressing him in his first school uniform and walking him to the gates of the local infant school. He suddenly looked so little and it was really hard to not just turn around and take him home again. Seven years later, as I dropped him outside the gates of his senior school; dressed in a uniform that practically drowned him, and carrying a bag that is almost as big as he is—I had the same sudden desire to scoop him up and take him home again. I wish I’d had a camera to record that precious moment but I’m sure the memory will stay with me for a very long time.

It was also my birthday this week and much as I can’t possibly disclose my decrepit old age, I think it was the best one I’ve ever had. Simple as it was, my husband really went to town to make sure I felt special and had a day to remember.

He knows how much I love photography and imagery, (you may have seen some of my pictures on my Flickr account which is attached to this website) so he bought me a fabulous Cannon PowerShot camera to pursue my interest further.

We dropped the kids off for their first day at school and then went for coffee. Most of the conversation revolved around the roller coaster of emotions we were feeling at seeing our little boy disappear into an ocean of enormous high school kids.

We then went for a long walk along an old railway line—one of our towns hidden gems, and I tried out my new camera snapping everything that moved and quite a lot of things that didn’t.

The walk led us to one of our favorite pubs where we whiled away the afternoon in the blazing sunshine before heading off to collect the kids from school.

In the evening we all went out for dinner. My son was still on a high and full of the wonders of high-school. The kids chose their favorite restaurant for the double celebration of their first day back and my surprisingly special day.

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3 thoughts on “They grow up so fast.

  1. Diane says:

    What a lovely post – thank you for letting share in your bittersweet day. My son went, not only into big school but into big boarding school, My daughter had done it and that had been incredibly hard but the second and last of my chicks flying the nest at a relatively young age was awful, add to that the need for me to then go back to Saudi Arabia, knowing that when I set foot on the plane it would take at least three days for me to get a new exit visa and so I was effectively trapped and you may begin to imagine my feelings. That said the treasures of having a “life less ordinary” and the benefits to both my children of their excellent education did make up for it a little. Yes, they grow so fast and it is all so very precious but then you are obviously aware of that and so I am sure you will treasure every step. I am sure the lovely new camera will have plenty of use and I wonder if it will still be the one that you use to take your son’s graduation photographs, if you can see through the tears of pride that is!!!

  2. J Lawrence says:

    Thanks Diane, it certainly sounds like you’re going through it emotionally at the moment. It’s difficult to let them go but luckily I still have a younger daughter to cling on to for a little while longer.

    Best of luck with your travel plans.

  3. Joseph Pinto says:

    I think time is only truly measured by watching our own children grow; before that point, we are tricked into believing we are the masters of it.

    I certainly can relate to your post (as you well know lol) – happy belated birthday to you! Enjoy your new camera & much success to your son always!

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