This September daughter is moving up to Senior School.
She is ready, but am I?
Last week we went to the New Parents' Information Evening, bought the requisite dictionaries, art pack and valuables pouch from the school bookshop and met her new form teacher.
We received a pack containing no less than 10 letters I had to read, fill in and sign, ranging from Day Trip Consent to Health Information to Bad Weather Contingency Plans.
I have an extensive uniform list (why does PE kit consist of three times as much stuff as day to day uniform when they only wear it for 2 hours a week?) and I have already mounted a preemptive assault on M&S to buy socks, tights and shirts.
I've also been to the official school outfitters to buy the rest at three times the cost of normal school uniform. (Why does the embroidering of a school badge onto jumper increase its cost by £15?)
There will be lots of sewing of name tapes.
I've also put in place insurance, as the school recommends we do, in case we can't pay the school fees in the future (Bank of Grandparents).
But all I can think is "how have I got here?"
It doesn't seem two minutes since this:
(Starting in Reception, Sept 2008)