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Friday, 28 October 2011

The Times, they are a Changin'

This Sunday, my big girl leaves for boarding school.  As ever, the first-born is sent forth to test the waters, to pave the way for her siblings who will follow.


First day of a "residential transition" period, which continues through until Wednesday.  Excited as we all are, for it marks the beginning of what I'm sure will be an amazing experience for Sarah, there is of course a tinge of sadness for this mother, and perhaps one younger sister in particular.


Sadness that she's growing up and moving on.  Just as there was sadness the first day she was left at primary school, the beginning of a new life-stage inevitably involves the ending of another. 


I well remember driving home from school that first day, Jessie, Wallace and Sally all strapped in car seats along the back seat.  Having closed the gate and hopped back in the car, I looked back to see Jess with tears streaming down her face.  And I think perhaps that sister will again be a little lost as next year unfolds.


We are some of the very, very fortunate ones, close enough to town that Sarah will have the option to come home every weekend.  Of course, many don't.  Those further afield leave their babies at school at beginning of term, only to see them again next holidays.  So we count our blessings.

And Wednesday, Sarah will be home, to tell us all the tales of her first experience away.


And we will be happy.  And proud.  And grateful that every stage of this journey with Sarah has been an absolute delight.

18 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, they are divine. That is all. Divine.
    Luv Niki

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  2. Oh bless. Thinking of you. Can already make myself cry thinking about dropping my babies at boarding school (and they are almost 7 and 4...)

    T
    xx

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  3. What beautiful photos of your girls. I can't believe how little and cherub-y they were ... now they're tall and thin, and to me look so grown up.

    I loved seeing those photos of them ... children grow so quickly. Sometimes I want time to stand still, and then others I want them to grow up and achieve all they can. Sigh.

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  4. I can't believe how their little faces are still the same - older and not quite as cherubic..some kids change so much as they grow up, but not your girls.

    hope mum and girlie #2 cope from sunday-wednesday....i'll be thinking of you sunday night.

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  5. I have tears trickling down my cheeks reading this! Both for you and also the memories it brings back to me as I was left at boarding school (the eldest of four), watching the car drive away. I was one of those kids that rarely went home during term and always envied the weekly boarders. She most definitely has the best of both worlds :) I ended up absolutely loving boarding school - but always, always cried myself to sleep the first night back. I'm a big sook though!

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  6. Oh, and those photos are GORGEOUS!! Tell me Fiona - did you not shed a tear writing this post with those photos :) x

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  7. Me again - you can really see your husband in Jessie here and you in Sarah!

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  8. They are sooooo beautiful, great shots!

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  9. This is my big boy's 3rd year away in Toowoomba, even though he loves it, it is always hard for him going back in. Just remember that they can miss out on a fair bit of weekend boarder bonding and activities if they are on leave. Each school and child is different, you will need to keep up with what's happening on weekends and you'll gauge the need for leave pretty quickly. She will love it!

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  10. Oh Fiona. Goosebumps in Hobart. These photos are just divine - what treasured moments of young sisterhood captured, you clever mum. I can't imagine how you are feeling - with our 3 pixies under 6, that time seems a lifetime away! I look forward to seeing how Sarah finds life as a boarder. Sending you a huge ♥, too! J x

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  11. Have a great time Sar'. I will phone up mum and dad from time to time to make sure that they are doing all right without you.

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  12. Have a tear in my thinking of it. Every week when Jamie leaves here I am sad and he is 23years old now. When he came home one weekend at age 18 and said he had a job somewhere else I was devestated. The whole life went out of the house. But now I am so grateful that he wants to spend time at home and am looking forward to the day he is back for good working with us. It was something I just couldn't do send him to boarding school. I'm sure Sarah will learn maany wonderful things next year. She will probably see home in a different light too. Chin up Mum and Jess hope Sarah has a great few days next week.

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  13. Gorgeous photos! I must be a really bad mother...at the moment i am dreaming and looking forward to the boarding school drop off...we are on Broken Hill SOTA and are only just beginning!! lol.Next year a Preschooler, Kindergarten and a newborn due the 2nd week back of Term 1...i will survive, i think, the other half is away for 2-4+ weeks at a time and only home for 5 days between shifts. Good times ahead.Im sure when it comes to packing off the troops for the boarding house though it will be a not so happy day.
    Love your blog!!

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  14. What a sweet post! I'm sure that she is going to do wonderful as are you.

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  15. And so it begins; how are you feeling? I shed a tear for you (and a couple for me!). They're beautiful photos, how quickly the time passes hey? I'm sure Sarah will love it which will make it a little better for you - not easier, just a little better. Thinking of you looking forward to Wednesday. Has Old Nev rung yet to check up on you? M.

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  16. Another something we don't have to face here in our urban locality - and it will have both blessings and trials within it for all of you in different ways. Let's hope Sarah loves it. She seems confident and sociable so I'm sure she'll get on well. As you say, a trailblazer for her siblings.

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  17. Ah Fiona, isn't it a pity that they have to grow up! I felt exactly the same when our three left for boarding school - the boys were 15 and 12 and Emma was only 11! Once Sarah settles in and gets in the swing of things it will be easier on everyone! Weekly boarding is fantastic too for those kids who are homebodies! Thinking of you, Donna x

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  18. Oh, Fiona, I don't know if I could do it! I guess you don't really have a choice being so far from school, but it must be hard and exciting, mostly for her, at the same time! Good luck!

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