This week we had our very first ‘school run’ experience. Lucas had his first settling in session in pre-school with me and as the twins were being looked after we were able to walk to the school hand in hand. This walk will be the first of many, I don’t have a car in the week so we will always have to walk it in all weathers. I’m sure in a couple of weeks I will be fed up; it isn’t far but walking at Lucas pace it takes close to half an hour and the thought of getting us all ready to go out, whatever the weather, twice a day is a little daunting.
Despite all that there is something so sweet about the walk to and from school. It gives us time to talk in a way we probably wouldn’t in a car and there are things to see on the way. Lucas chatters most of the way and there is a far bit of dawdling as we pass a fire station and a fishing pond. Walking there and back with him, just us two. isn’t something that will happen very often, if at all so this walk was particularly precious. On the way back we were able to talk about all the fun he had and lay the ground work for next week when he is on his own. As we headed out of the school’s road a car pulled up with a Mum and little boy he had met that day, she shouted to us that he wanted to say goodbye to his friend. As if I wasn’t emotional enough that nearly tipped me over the edge and I watched as they waved to each other imagining the years ahead as he adds new people to his life, some of them may even stick. I met my best friends when I was not much older than Lucas and we are as close now as we were then.
There will be a time when he doesn’t need me to walk him to school and he probably won’t want to tell me about his day so when he skips along, holding my hand and singing his own songs it is a lovely moment to remember.