What a morning...!!!
Now those that know me will not be surprised by this...will you Su...Today was the return to school and last night, thinking I may sleep in, developed to a worry once I was trying to get to sleep, the later it was getting, the worse my worry was getting. I eventually did get to sleep but the last time I looked at my clock it was 5.15am and I had to be up at 8am.
I knew no more until my very young daughter seeing the neighbours come out of their house ran upstairs to say Mum its 8.41am hurry and at that same time my DH phoned to see if I was up, rather late in his do good deed!
Total rush and panic ensued involving teeth brushing...all of us, me throwing my clothes on (at least my two little ones had got themselves dressed), grabbing holiday homework, getting drink bottles ready and throwing packed lunch into a bag. I grabbed my car keys, thinking I would just make it before 8.55am and rushed out of the gate...only... to find my neighbours stood there waiting with their daughter (1 school year above mine) to walk up to school with us as it was my daughters 1st day in a the new school. Oh no, oh no, oh no!!
I stood there with my car keys poised trying to get my still in bed head around what was happening!! The immediate problem was there were 3 of them Mum, Dad and daughter and 3 of us making 6 in total and I only have a mini car so there was no way we would all fit in that. I so desperately wanted to just get in my car and go but no, how could I?
So we set off walking, me and the 3 children at top speed and the neighbours at snails pace following behind...This was all well and good apart from there were no signs of life from any other people as we were dashing up the road. As we neared the next road we turn into...suddenly... a sign of life in the shape of another parent in her car coming back from the way we were heading. Oh no, I thought but then consoled myself with the fact she is an 'early bird'. Having got just about to the school I vaguely saw another mother walking and heading back home. Thinking we may just still scrape in, without anybody noticing, if we do a quick sprint for the final lap. I am stopped in my tracks...by...my neighbours voice, miles back shouting their daughter to let her know they have her drink and bag... and will we wait for them to catch up!!! Oh double, double bother!!
After what seemed an eternity they caught us up, in the mean time I was toying with the idea of phoning the school to say we were all ill with some sudden bug and my 2 wouldn't be at school that day...but then I thought, NO, how can I, as my daughter needs to get in there to get a seat with her friends and to miss the 1st day would maybe be even worse than being late...wouldn't it? So we valiantly turned the corner at last to find infront of us...an empty playground, not a soul. Ahha, I suddenly thought, jubilantly, I have got the wrong day afterall and they are back tomorrow, until, at the other end of the playground I could see lights on.......my spirits dropped once more... The neighbours say a hasty goodbye to their daughter and said, "Oh, you can sign her in at the office seen as you are going that way now and we'll see you later" then they walked off!
Quite mortified with feeling terrible for making 2 people late for the 1st morning of school, I by now felt pretty close to tears, but I walked valiantly on up the schools tree lined avenue, to the office, with 3 little ones in tow. Expecting to get a stern telling off, I was greeted by a big smile and a "Oh don't worry they have gone in early today as its the 1st day , no need to sign in as its not 9am yet"! Relief flooded over me and a big smile as I went from that building to Nursery, to put my son in there...thinking, Ha, I'm not really late after all just on time...and feeling quite impressed with myself for doing all that in about 15 minutes.
Now I wouldn't actually do this, unless I was poorly, but I was sort of dreaming about going back to bed when I got home, to have a sleep and get over the events. It was such a nice thought until I suddenly realised the door infront for Nursery was shut...ahhhh...what is going on now??? My sleepy eyes took a few seconds to focus on the notice stuck on the door, saying, "Sorry, closed today but open on 07/09/06" and there I am in a deserted school yard with my son and a packed lunch bag and all my days plans suddenly changing upon reading these few words. Thinking, I have got sandwiches and have a packed lunch here, I AM organised, it can't be shut, it must be wrong, still the door did not open!! The fact did eventually twig in my brain that I was now going home with my son and a sandwich bag! We walked the 10 minutes home with me saying there has been a change of plan for today as much convincing myself as my son , whilst trying to get my still not yet awake head around all this.
Never- the- less fully cheered by the thought of a strong cup of tea, now home, I opened my back door...to a strange smell! Not thinking that much of it ( as it must be outside, thought I ) I made my tea. Then...ahhrrrgggg, as if things were not enough, there on the wooden floor of my dining room was a dog poo!! This must have happened as I had not let him (Hamish our dog) out before leaving. Now bearing in mind he is still a puppy, he NEVER does this, so why today?? Nightmare, I go get the bag and the spray for cleaning...then something catches my eye, there, chewed on the floor is a treasured painted heart stitching accessory I have. When I pick it up to examine it further, Hamish slinks off to his bed with such a woeful look that it fails me to be mad. Marsha (my cat) must have knocked this off my dresser to him for him to have had it!! Nevermind, things can only get better can't they??
The time was 9.10am...what a start to the day...!!!
Tomorrow I have my Mum phoning me and DH at 8am ish...just as a precaution because of course I will be up and ready for when I am supposed to be...lol!!
Tonight when my very young daughter realised I was updating my blog she disappeared, when she returned not alot was said. When we went up for her to go to bed I admired a display she had made of some of her holiday treasures. I congratulated her for her artistry in the display and she asked me to put it on my blog. Not thinking too much about it until I went up later, I found this note, along with another note saying this is what you can say when you put it on your blog!! So ladies, here it is, from my daughter ...lol!!!
In her words above..................