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First Day of School

I’ve been both anxious and excited for Ella to start school. So ok, the excited part is mostly for me. 

I actually took her to see her school last Friday after dropping Rhys off. I was surprised when she told somebody at Sunday roast that she was going to go to Rainbow. That was a good sign!

On Monday we dropped Rhys off (by the way, he’s doing better, sleeping two hours while there and according to his key worker Sharan, giving the teachers lots of cuddle), we walked over to her school, even though she insisted that she was not going to school. We waited with the other parents outside and I met Barbara, who of course was an American mom! When the doors opened, Ella went right in with the other kids and started playing some Lego-type blocks. Her key worker, Debbie, came by and we chatted a bit about Ella. After five min or so, Debbie whispered: “she seems ok, I think you can go.” Ella told me she wanted to paint, and when as we stood by the easel, I kissed her good bye and told her I’d come back for her and we would have a special lunch to celebrate. Without even looking up, she said “goodbye, mommy” and I left.

When I came to pick her up, she was absolutely glowing, so happy like I haven’t seen her in a while. She skipped all the way to the restaurant, where we had a special lunch of fish and chips and ice cream sundae!



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