Today is Ess' first day of school. Such a momentous and an emotional time with feelings of pride, excitement, sadness and achievement all mixed in together.
She is very ready to go and was prepared at 8am this morning. I am so glad that she is ready to learn and to meet new people. It gives me a sense of achievement at the work I have carried out over these last five years. Work which I value so highly. It has passed so quickly. It does not seem that long since we put your feet in these tiny little Baby Paws to pad around the place.
Then pretty little baby feet were fastened into these sweet shoes to wear with all those adorable little baby dresses.
I have many memories of tying the laces of these gorgeous little Elefanten boots on your chubby toddler feet. Particularly after all our Kindermusik Our Time lessons with Mr Geoff.
These little boots, of course in your favourite colour pink, walked you to Kindy last year. You were quite surprised when the new shoes for this year's education could not be pink. No complaints however - such is your motivation to be at school and hence wear your uniform. I am so glad.
Shoes have a special way of showing the passage of time. I have many images of your growing feet in these various shoes participating in so much over the few short years of your life.
Now school has commenced and we are walking off to education again, in uniform and sandals. I hope the motivation to wear it doesn't wane as it is now very easy to choose what to wear in the mornings.
There is a heat-wave here. The whole week is due to be over 35degC at least. Yesterday the guage at the Central Markets (celebrating 140 yrs coincidently), and on my car, read 45degC at 3pm. Today is forecast to be 44degC. It was 39.8degC at 10am this morning after I arrived home at 9.30am ready for my second shower of the day. No worries about any hot water this morning. The cool was definitely needed. Overnight it dipped only to 27degC.
So against my principles, but going with my better judgement, I will drive to collect you this afternoon and hope your cheeks are not too red as they were when I left you this morning.
Enjoy your first day, my dear girl, I know you will.