February 6th, 2012 by Glendyn

A little off topic for Hoaxville but today was a big day in our house as Rosebud had her first day at school. Big for her and perhaps even bigger for her Mummy and Daddy. We felt quite good about Ollie going to school, in fact we counted down the days in anticipation for both he and we were ready for it! But little Rosie, our baby, it just doesn’t seem right to be dressing her in a uniform and taking her to school. She is so little and so innocent and so sweet!

I’m very conscience of time passing. I’ll never say “they grow up so fast…”.  I constantly take in the moment with both Rosie and Ollie taking detailed mental snapshots of how big they are, where they are and what they are doing. But for some reason its very tricky to get my head around Rosebud heading off to school…

She literally ran to school, dragging us by the hand to get her there quicker.

But once in the classroom and surrounded by new faces there was a moment of hesitation…

But as the wave of nerves passed a smile appeared and all was well. She was happy.

Nat and I lingered (in denial) for as long as we could. Finally slipping away when she focused on an activity. As I was walking out the door I turned to see her one last time. One of those bitter sweet moments. My heart breaking, because everything changes from here on in, but also proud to see her so eager to step out and into world and all it has to offer.

The house was very quiet today, especially for Nat.

But a long 7 hours and 30 minutes later…

I know I’m a gushing proud parent. But check out the ‘blue checked uniform details’ on that drawing! Genius!

8 Responses to “FIRST DAY”

  1. andy canny Says:


  2. lexi Says:

    Oh man, soooooo sweet. She looks so happy and proud. You’ve done a beautiful job – she’s a confident girl – look at those drawings. So ace.

  3. Dave Burrows Says:

    Glendyn we had the same experience last Thursday Fi and I – bittersweet is a wonderful way to describe it. Nice post man

  4. Pam Pemberton Says:

    Lovely photos, Glendyn. Despite having been through it twice, I still had a little cry when Tristan started school in 1977, even though he was well and truly ready and didn’t look back once. These memories stay with you for your whole life. It is a big, big step – that first serious rite of passage that school represents… Treasure the moment!

  5. Jane Shearer Says:


  6. Duane Says:

    Flowed like a beautiful short film Glendyn
    Great piece

  7. Jane Says:

    A huge day for all involved. And such a beautiful capturing of it.
    Big hugs to the Ivin Poole house hold.
    janie x

  8. Kriv Stenders Says:

    Beautiful photo essay. Reminds me of Kubrick’s work for LOOK magazine in the 50s. :)

    I remember my first day. When I got home, Mum asked me what I thought of it, and I said, “It was okay, but I’ve got to go again tomorrow”.

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