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Preparing For School

Next week the Twinkles head off to Big School, joining their big brother Faris at Hook Primary School. Is the school ready, I wonder, for the Rascally Trio? I don’t even have to ask if Tala and Lilia are ready - they have been asking every day since trying on their new school uniform for size for the first time, if they will be “going to school today?” 


Regular readers who have been following my Random Ramblings since well before any of the Rascals were born are doubtless, like me, wondering where the time went? It seems only yesterday that Dora the Explorer (otherwise known as Tala) was finding her way in the world at four months old by rolling over and over - and trying to snatch my sandwich off me on a sunny Spanish beach. And when did Lilia (aka Contrary Lil) develop such a strong sense of individuality? It falls to the Middle of the Darling Daughters to prepare her little daughters for school.


Picture the scene in the shoe shop where the family has an appointment for the all-important Fitting of New School Shoes. The shop is heaving with parents who didn’t have the foresight displayed by the Middle of the Darling Daughters to actually make an appointment; she is not the most popular person in the shop when she is served on time and doesn’t have to wait her (lengthy) turn.


For weeks the Twins have been perfectly clear about the shoes which will best set off their smart new uniforms. All they needed, they agreed as they tried on their grey tunics and white shirts, were the “shiny shoes.” Unfortunately, as soon as they set foot in the shop, they changed their minds and decided on a completely different pair of shoes - one, moreover, which didn’t meet with their mother’s approval. In vain did she attempt to dissuade them from their choice - until she had the idea of shamelessly employing Tactics of Sheer Cunning. “I’m certain,” she told them, holding out the shiny shoes, that these are the shoes Elsa would have chosen...” Ah, well, if Elsa would have chosen them...Suddenly all the parents who were scowling at my daughter for her temerity in making an appointment and so going to the head of the queue were applauding her ingenuity.


It’s not just the buying of shoes - littl’uns are so much better prepared for school these days. I remember my first day at Rush Green Infants School where I was the only child in the class not wailing for my mother. Of course I had two older brothers and had been wanting to go to school as long as I’d known there was such a place. I sat there, on my child-sized chair, making models out of plasticine and wondering what on earth was the matter with my class-mates.


Tala and Lilia - along with the other newbies - are being well prepared, not just by their mother but by their teacher who pays a visit to the home of every new pupil before their first day. I am full of admiration for such dedication to making the transit to school so much easier. At least with the Twinkles they will have the benefit of a BOGOF. 


In preparation for their teacher’s visit, Tala and Lilia have each put together a collection of their favourite things to tell “Miss” about - including, I am pleased and proud to say, the certificates and shiny medals they were awarded for completing the Summer Reading Challenge at the local library. The idea is that the teacher will learn quite a bit about the new recruits to Ladybird Class through talking to them about their Favourite Things.


I really, really would like to be a fly on the wall to hear them explaining the presence of one particular item in each collection - the small, yellow ducks I knitted for the Trio. You may (or may not) recall that I knitted these ducks as part of the Little Yellow Duck Project to raise awareness of organ transplant. The idea is to hide the ducks, as an Act of Random Kindness, where they will be found and loved by a new owner. Except that none of the Trio is prepared to give up their Little Yellow Ducks so that’s another of my Good Ideas Gone Wrong. 


Our Rascally Twins will be a real asset (twice over) to Ladybird Class. As their teacher will soon discover, they are the kindest, most caring of children.


Just don’t ask them to give up their Little Yellow Ducks...



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23.04 | 20:15

lovely and heartwarming - an inspiration to us all x

09.03 | 12:07

Love this story told as ever beautifully.x

10.11 | 21:31

What a super account of a special event. I loved meeting you last night and seeing your creation come together. I’m so pleased you got so much from the activity

07.09 | 13:17

I have broad shoulders x

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