Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Growing up

"School bag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning, waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile........"
Off to secondary school looking gorgeous!

I've been teasing her all summer about the "Slipping through my fingers" song from the Mamma Mia film - but that is just a cover for what a big step this is for her - and for me. There is a real truth in the song lyrics that struck home when I watched the film.

My little girl is growing up and there really is that "feeling that I'm losing her forever, and without really entering her world"
Sentimental slush, I know!

The other problem is that I'm monumentally jealous of her starting a new school with all the amazing things she is going to learn and all the new and exciting experiences (along with some of the more scary ones no doubt - not so envious of them)

Come back later for a jollier post about all the lovely presents I got for my birthday!

31 comments:

Jennie said...

awww I know, I felt the exact same way when I heard that song in Mamma Mia, about Ellie. She is going back to secondary school tomorrow and I don't want her to go :/
I hope Dot has a lovely day.

nicolette said...

I hope your big girl has agreat time at secondary school!
Take care!!

anne bebbington said...

I can empathise so much - my youngest starts senior school on Thursday but my eldest started 6th Form College yesterday - now that was a real toughie! The thing that I find even more daunting is the fact that this time two years hence we'll be packing up all her stuff to take her to Uni - now that's seriously scary!!!

anne bebbington said...

ps - hope the hands feeling much better

Jenny said...

Hope that her new school is just so much fun and that she will be happy there:)

French Knots said...

Sniff, sniff! They grow up so quickly.

maria said...

I hope she has a great day. My son starts year two tomorrow. I'm sure the years will wizz past far too quickly and before I know it he'll be at secondry school.
That song in Mama Mia was very moving, I hadn't heard it before. Maybe I had but it would have been when I was very young and the sentiments of the song wouldn't have meant anything so it wouldn't have stayed in my mind.

trashalou said...

now, right there is one reason that was not a feel good movie, regardless of whatever that Soton grumper says!

eileen said...

She is absolutely beautiful. Your heart should be swelling with pride.

the pesky bombolino said...

I think you'll touch a lot of nerves with fellow bloggers whose children are off to school today- you certainly tugged at my frazzled heart strings!

Thimbleanna said...

Awww Lucy, cheer up! dot looks just adorable with her new bag. How exciting! I hope she has a great school year -- and that you do too!

Gina said...

Not sentimental slush at all - it's a big milestone. Hope she has a lovely day. She looks beautiful!

My biggest boy is moving out this week - that feels huge!

Gina xx

Simone said...

I bet you can't wait for her to get back home! My son goes back to school on Thursday and I have a lump in my throat just thinking about it!

Chloe said...

I bet she absolutely loves it!
My little girl starts reception tomorrow and I am feeling all sentimental and slushy too.
Its your parental rights to be slushy on days like this.

Working Mom Knits said...

Oh she looks gorgeous - and sooooo grown up!

ps: is it really that cold?

Katy said...

Firstly...how's your wrist?

Secondly...doesn't she look beautiful? Thank the Lord you have 2 more babies still, because Dot is now officially a big girl. I hope the first day went ok, and she's settling in well. I am petrified, and excited at the same time for her!!!! (and also a bit jealous too - I loved high school, amazing memories)

JuliaB said...

awww... i'm not sure if it's different for boys - i'm sure it is in many ways but I do feel for you. This step for our children is such a big one - it will take her into adulthood but never away from her mum. Hope she has had a nice day! xx

Jane said...

Its hard when they go to secondary school but at heart they are still your little girl and still need a cuddle when life gets too much. I miss Ali so much when she's at Uni but hopefully this year it won't be quite so hard. Happy Birthday. Jane x

periwinkle said...

bless, she looks great - hope she had a good day. We are back at school tomorrow, just for a few hours to ease in the in 2 weeks he'll be at school all day!! Hows your arm doing?
lisa x

julia said...

I secretly cried at that bit of the film in case anyone thought I was mushy! She looks so grown up, how hard it must be to let her go. She'll love high school, and she'll always be your daughter, no matter how grown up.
Julia xx

Lesley said...

Dot looks very very grown up and gorgeous in her new school uniform. I hope she had a wonderful first day :)

Such a big step for both of you. I loved that bit of Mamma Mia (as well as all the other bits!!) and I will rise above Trashy's jibe - bless her, it's all those years spent upside down...the blood must have rushed to her head!

xxx

wonderwoman said...

don't despair - she'll come back to you albeit in a different way!your relationship just shifts a little that's all. they all still love hugs and cuddles!

xx

marit said...

She looks sooo ready! Beautiful girl.
How's your wrist doing?

Lina said...

Oh Lucy, I'm so with you. Ruby starts kindergarten on Thursday and I feel like I'm giving her away! I have a knot in my stomach so tight...

quiltdude said...

I hope the day went well for Dot, she looked fabulous (as always).It scares me how fast they grow up, in a blink of the eye.
Big day for my girls and me tomorrow (eek) How fast did those holidays go?
X Clare

Farmyard Crafts said...

Sentimental slush is beautiful! I'm sure it's a big change to have your "little" girl heading off to high school!! Hope that she had a wonderful day! Great bag too!!

Country Bliss said...

Aww bless!
It's such a big day for her, both scary and exciting.I remember my 3 older girls starting secondary school and I worried all day!
I hope she enjoyed it.
Yvonne

Rachelmp said...

Dot looks lovely Lucy. Such an exciting time for her, but I know just how you feel..

Jo in Tas said...

As soon as I started reading your blog I found myself singing the lyrics, it's a lovely song!
What an exciting and scary time for Dot but she looks well prepared!
They grow up too fast, sometimes I wish I could wind the clock back so I can enjoy mine when he was a toddler again.
P.S. Hope your relaxing that wrist and it's improving.

est said...

she look so smart in her uniform!! and the bag look matching too!! :) how's yr hands?

April said...

She looks very grownup and beautiful in her school uniform, the bag looks great too.

She still needs her mum as much now and I am sure you won't lose her too much, despite her growing need for independence - I have had some of that with C over this summer, just little things like her keeping her bedroom door shut, but it does make you realise how quickly they grow up.

Sure she will have lots of fun but I remember how scary and daunting it was going to high school, so she will needs lots of cuddles too!

Hope the hand is feeling better.

April xx