Three weeks have almost past since our eldest; Annabelle left the family home and headed off to boarding school. I suppose this day has been coming ever since she was a baby. Education is one of the more challenging aspects of where we live and for us boarding school was always going to be our best option for secondary school. Not the easiest option, but the best option in the big scheme of things.
She was brave and positive and ready for this change. As parents, our tears flowed as we drove away. Terry always knows how to handle these things, he headed straight to the nearest café and ordered us takeaway iced coffees with cream and ice-cream. Not usually my favourite but on that hot, anxious and sweaty afternoon they were perfect and set us up for the long drive home.
Despite months, actually years, of preparation it felt surreal for the first few days. I still find myself making her a cup of tea after dinner and I still half expect her to pop around the corner to collect it.
There are no jigsaws holding on precariously to every available surface. There are not as many books scattered around the place. There is still music in the house but not as much and the playlist has certainly changed. There are no long, blonde hairs collecting in piles on the floor and the requests for fried haloumi at every meal have dropped off.
I miss her constant, gentle support and her practical approach to life.
It goes without saying that we all miss her terribly. But, her happiness and willingness to grab every opportunity offsets most of the sadness that might be lurking around the corner. She is learning to manage her money, laundry, belongings, schedules, friendships and all of the things that will contribute to her independence and place in the world.
Something that really warms my heart is that she wants to share so many things with us, like weather updates, descriptions of her art, pretty sunrises and streetscapes that she has noticed.
So life changes once again. Thank goodness we have a few years left before our youngest makes this change.
How are you?
Any big life changes?
I hope you are baking or reading or growing something lovely today.
Happy Sunday, friends x