Not as bad as I thought!

@Fleura (6224)
United Kingdom
October 12, 2017 8:18am CST
Over the summer I was not looking forward to the prospect of Big One starting high school. There wasn’t any problem with the school, it was just the thought that she would have to be out of the house and catching the school bus a whole hour earlier than we were used to leaving for school! Not that I didn’t wake up early enough; normally I would wake up and shortly afterwards Big One would wake and come to our room, and often we would snuggle in bed and read a story and then a bit later Little One would join us for another story and probably some imaginary game… and all through this my partner would lie there sleeping soundly, until he would suddenly wake, leap out of bed and rush off to work, leaving us to sort out the getting to school situation. Well we are almost half-way through the new term now and it hasn’t been anywhere near as bad as I thought – in fact I’m rather enjoying it. Big One has been a star at getting her stuff ready the night before. We don’t get to lounge around in bed in the mornings but we do have plenty of time for breakfast and gathering last-minute things before setting out. Now Big One has reached this mile-stone I thought she probably wouldn’t want to be seen with her Mum, but she specifically asked me to accompany her to the bus stop as she enjoys the walks and talks together, so we leave Little One eating her breakfast or playing while we make the 5-minute walk down the lane. Then I wave her off and walk back in time to get Little One ready and do a few things with her before leaving for the walk to school with her. It has reminded me how much I love being out early in the morning. And it means that by the time I’ve walked to the bus stop and back, and then in the opposite direction to school and back, I’ve already walked about a mile at the start of the day, which I’m sure gets my metabolism going and makes me feel more lively. Should have done this sooner, I’ve been missing out! All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2017.
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@LadyDuck (122184)
• Switzerland
12 Oct
What a lovely thing to ask. I would have liked to have my mother coming with me to the bus stop, but she had to take care of my younger brother. (He is a Mama's Boy, definitely he is!).
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@Fleura (6224)
• United Kingdom
13 Oct
When I was at school anyone would have been teased and/or bullied mercilessly if they were seen with their mothers. No parents ever came to watch school sports matches for instance. Nowadays the situation seems totally the reverse, parents are expected everywhere!
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@LadyDuck (122184)
• Switzerland
13 Oct
@Fleura You are right, only we were very young we accepted that our parents accompanied us to school.
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@amadeo (47940)
• United States
12 Oct
Never too late there.Walking is great.
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12 Oct
Is she enjoying secondary school? I remember starting and thinking the 4th and 5th years seemed so grow'd up!
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@Fleura (6224)
• United Kingdom
13 Oct
Thankfully yes, she is loving it! Totally different to my experience; I had a horrendous time.
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@Shellyann36 (8598)
• United States
14 Oct
So glad that it has turned into a big positive for you and your family.
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@JESSY3236 (5062)
• United States
13 Oct
My mother had been worried about me going to high school. But actually everything was fine.
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@PainsOnSlate (19221)
• Canada
13 Oct
Your big one sounds like a sweet heart. Enjoy it, and enjoy the exercise too...
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@MALUSE (32870)
• Denmark
12 Oct
I hate early mornings. I can't help it.
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@DianneN (59527)
• United States
12 Oct
What a sweet relationship you have with your girls. Love it!!!! I walk every single day for a minimum of 30 minutes and more like 1 1/2+ hours. It's so invigorating and keeps my old metabolism going.
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@Corbin5 (81712)
• United States
12 Oct
This has worked out so well! You still get that quality time with your daughter on the walk to the bus and you get to spend some time with Little One when you return.
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@JudyEv (101136)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Oct
Glad this has worked out so well for you. And how lovely that your daughter enjoys walking to the bus stop with you.
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@Fleura (6224)
• United Kingdom
25 Oct
Yes it's sweet that she still likes that little bit of time together. We have always had interesting talks on the way to school - everything from imaginary worlds to hydraulics!
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@JudyEv (101136)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Oct
@Fleura A friend and his son used to go riding (horses) on the weekends and he said it was amazing how the child opened up while riding.
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@Fleura (6224)
• United Kingdom
26 Oct
@JudyEv Doing things together is definitely more conducive to conversation than just siting down together!
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@sishy7 (27335)
• Australia
13 Oct
Oh yes, that sounds like a win-win situation for everyone involved...
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@GardenGerty (91109)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Oct
It sounds like a lovely routine. Healthy as well. Even in high school my kids liked having me around.