running update - i have no idea if my 5k is getting better! but i am doing well and having fun. took today off, the pollution is just vicious.
i was at school today when the bell rang.
surprisingly, sebastian was the first of my four to arrive. i was disconcerted until i saw seb holding a small boy's hand.
Of course. At Kennedy, year five children are "bus buddies" to the year one students. For the first month, the year five students escort the year one children to their bus or parent/carer. As a "walker" Sebastian was paired up with a fellow walker, and I saw him today carefully holding this fellow's hand, delivering him to the mummy, having a quick word, and then walking away, smiling, and of course, chest just a bit puffed out with importance of a job well done.
"Hello mummy!" he exclaimed and I got a spontaneous cuddle (with arms, not just head against my chest).
"I saw you doing a great job, Seb!" I congratulated him. And he was quick to zoom in on my parental weakness and pride.
"Yes, well mummy, can Alex, Adam and I walk home today? Alone like big boys?"
"Seb, there is no way on God's little green earth am I letting you cross Victoria Road by yourself. Forget it."
Well, howabout you walk behind us? So we can be alone like we are grown ups?
Was my son ashamed to be with me? I wondered to myself? And then realised that no, he just wanted a bit of freedom. Which I was happy to provide. I would rather walk up the 50 million steps from Kennedy to Victoria Road myself, and catch my breath at the top than wait with them on that dog poo encrusted walkway.
So I agreed.
Jasper was next to appear. I informed him he had been invited to Finn's house for a play. "Mummy, I will go to anyone's house for a play" he replied, "if it means I don't have to walk home."That folks, is my son. Jasper. Hearty child.
Carys floated into the picture next, humming to herself and reminding me it had been a "vewy gweat day". She seemed really happy, and her goal was to play with friends, which she quickly realised after reading for half an hour. Overall, life was very very good.
Sela rounded out the group, and was bouncing like her curls. "mummy, a wonderful thing happened today!" She exclaimed. "I was chosen for that thing that Skye was last year...you know" She paused, still smiling widely. I waited for her to calm down. "I am our class' SCHOOL COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE".
There are many changes Sela would like to bring to KS. She has told me of many. Jasper is very relieved to have the ear of a school rep so close at hand. He asked if the school could build a lift. She told him no, exercising was very healthy for all students. He scowled and sat down with a comic.