First Days at School

My sister and I. Left, her first day at primary school, middle, identically dressed as usual (but ?) and right, her first day at secondary school.

It’s the beginning of September and it’s that time of year again for some – the return to school. I have a vague recollection of being instructed by my mother to make sure my sister arrived at the correct classroom on her first day at primary school (picture above left).

Fast forward a generation and this is my daughter ready for her first day at school. The bunch of sunflowers was nearly bigger than her.

My daughter ready for her first day at school. She doesn’t look it, but she was very keen and excited.

Recalling another family photograph I dug out this old picture below. It seems flowers for the teacher was a tradition embraced by our family.

If you were wondering what the grotesque puppet I am holding is supposed to be, well, it was Queen Elizabeth I. A junior school papier-mâché project that took all term and was finished at home during the holidays – oh what fun!