On Friday evening I drove past my son’s high school and was overcome with emotion, blinking away the tears as I drove my daughter back from her dance class. The reason for this sudden and unexpected outburst was prom night, an American tradition that we have adopted over here. Driving home it hit me that I will be the one standing outside the school in just 2 years. The mum who will no doubt be saying ‘just one more picture’ as our son rolls his eyes. And if I get emotional just driving past, what an earth am I going to be like when I see him, all ready for his own prom night.

If the year 6 leavers assembly is anything to go by, I will be a crumpled sobbing mess. I may have held it together until the very end, but I defy anyone not to shed a tear when the ‘montage’ is shown. Yes the video clip that shows your child looking oh so cute in reception, and documents their primary school life. I actually thought my husband was going to disown me, as I sobbed and spluttered through the video. And to this day I can’t listen to Rule the World by Take That without getting goosebumps.

In 12 months time I will again sit in the school hall, trying to keep my emotions under wraps, watching my daughter in her own year 6 leavers assembly. Will it be easier this time around? Or harder knowing that our primary school journey will be coming to an end?  A primary school we have been part of for 11 years, that has served both our children exceptionally well. I know that part of me is on countdown as there will be no more school runs, hurrah. But I am sure the final time I pull out of the school car park, it will be an emotional journey home.

First day at school

I think what I am trying to say is that being a school mum comes with all kinds of emotions. From the minute you kiss them goodbye on the very first day of school (yes I was the mum who sobbed in the car), to watching their very first nativity play. To the emotions and worry when they go to High School. Will they fit in? Will they find their way around a huge school? And how many times will they lose their blazer? Thankfully none which is nothing short of a miracle.

I am an emotional person and wear my heart on my sleeve. Don’t get me started on how upset I get when watching Marley and Me and Toy Story 3.  The next 2 years will see my youngest waving goodbye to her primary school, whilst our teenager will face exams and leave high school. And as for me there is only one thing to do…… Buy tissues, LOTS OF THEM.

12 Thoughts on “School Mum emotions

  1. Tracey my boy looked so grown up in his prom outfit last Friday & he went for taster day at college yesterday. It was so odd just dropping him off, he went in not knowing who would be there. So proud of him x
    ps…It goes so fast x
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    • Tracey Williams on June 30, 2016 at 9:21 pm said:

      Aw Lorraine I bet you felt so incredibly proud when you saw him all dressed up. And college, oh my word. It really does go in the blink of an eye x

  2. Aww wow prom feels like such a rite of passage doesn’t it? I think i would be so emotional too! Z is only just finishing reception but I already feel like time is going way too quickly!
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    • Tracey Williams on June 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm said:

      I honestly think that time seems to just fast forward the minute they head off to school. I bet you can’t believe that his first year at school is nearly over x

  3. I find it hard to fight the tears at nativity plays… so embarassing
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  4. Ah a lovely post Tracey, we watched Toy Story 3 at the cinema in Southampton just before getting on a cruise to NYC on the Queen Mary and I got on with a puffy face from crying! We will have year 6 leavers ceremony and prom next year, its the year 6 thing I find so hard I to was a total wreck and Jacks I cant believe this time next year it will be his prom x
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    • Tracey Williams on July 3, 2016 at 5:41 pm said:

      Oh no Sarah 2 emotional huge events within a matter of weeks for you, stock up on the tissues now. How can our youngest children be going into year 6 in September. I am so glad it’s not just me who cries at Toy Story 3 x

  5. Oh my goodness! I am so with you on all of this. Only a year since my son left primary school and only a year until my daughter does! Only a year too until my eldest does his GCSEs and possibly leaves his comprehensive to go to another school. Too much change and emotion in one year!
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    • Tracey Williams on July 5, 2016 at 7:37 pm said:

      Argh far too much emotion Sarah in the next 12 months, and you have 2 children leaving primary and high school at the same time. We shall be sobbing together on twitter x

  6. Oh Tracey, I’m going to be that mum, too. I still get sad waving my eldest off in the morning … I might be the only mum that stays and waves until he’s through the school door. God help me come September when my little one starts. They’ll have to find me a job in the school as I might refuse to leave.
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    • Tracey Williams on July 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm said:

      Aw Rachel I actually found it was easier with my second when she went to school. Though saying that she was always a little drama queen growing up so I was probably pushing her through those doors when the time came x

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