As I write my captured moment today I am feeling a little sick, my gorgeous boy is sitting his first ever mock exam. I mean wow, where has the time gone. In know I am like a broken record aren’t I, but as he wandered down the drive today to get onto the school bus he looked so grown up.
He is so much taller than me now; in fact he towers over me! Yet he is still our baby, our firstborn. My lovely mum is always saying parenting gets harder the older your kids get. When they were younger I always thought she was mad.And whilst in so many ways life is so much easier, our boys are wonderful, they are so easy to parent! !
But the milestones seem bigger; the stakes seem so much higher. And so very much of it is out of our control. I know Jack has been revising and going to extra revision classes at lunchtime, and after school. He seems to be taking the rest of his life seriously thank goodness. He is clear what he wants to do with his life, but maybe not so clear on how he will get there.
Education seems so uncertain these days, colleges seem more bothered about facts and figures than individual students, teachers are under so much pressure to perform, where does this leave the students? This really worries me. Or is it just about finding the right college? Is an apprenticeship the way forward, it may take longer but learning from an expert who has a vested interest in your success seems more logical? The thing is, with a little guidance and support from us it has to be Jacks decision. And today is the first step of the next stage of Jacks life whether we are ready for it or not.
This time next year he will be applying for a driving license, and I will be out padding all the dry stone walls in the village with foam just in case, wouldn’t that be wonderful a lovely padded world for a nearest and dearest.
Good luck Jack, and make the most of this, keep your head down, carry on working hard because these next couples of years are investments on the rest of you life. Have fun, but focus too.