occurred today…..our big son left school for the second time!
At 18 years of age he has just graduated from his Australian high school.
Just over two and a half years ago he completed his education at an English high school.
He was 16 years old and at a turbulent time of life when we emigrated. Emotions ran high for him when he left school in England, accelerated by the fact that not only was he leaving school, he was also soon to be leaving his home and moving half way across the world to Australia.
He received his exam results late in August 2010 and the very next day we flew out to our new life in Australia.
A crazy couple of weeks were to follow and as soon as we had a permanent address we enrolled him at the local high school.
‘ding dong round two!’
School holidays fell towards the end of September so he started his new school at the beginning of October.
I remember his first day there – boy was he nervous and oh so physically sick and unbeknown to him I was too!
But never once had we questioned ”are we right in sending him back to school?”
and never once did he question it! We all knew in our hearts this was the best option for him. He could have enrolled at college, began an apprenticeship or looked for employment but returning to school seemed the most logical thing to do as most importantly he would be meeting kids of his own age.
He sat in reception on his first morning along with three other new starters, two of which also came from England, all of them looking like fishes out of water!
That first day was one of the longest days of my life!!! for him not so long! By all accounts it flew by as he tried to fathom out his timetable, find his way around school and forge new friendships.
I think he enjoyed that first day?!
Well, he returned on the second day and the third and the fourth and for the next two years and during that time he formed great friendships, worked hard and gained another lot of qualifications.
So here we are today, the first day of the rest of his life!
What will he do next? I don’t know!
I don’t think he knows either!!
One thing I do know though……whichever path he chooses in life will be a little bit wobbly to begin with but with the correct choice of footwear he will certainly reach his chosen destination and with that I wish him every success and happiness in this great big world!
Respect your elders.
Love your family and friends.
mummi g x
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!