When a new year begins it’s hard not to think about what the year may hold for you. I haven’t got any specific goals this year but there’s a couple of fairly significant events happening in this household this year.
First thing is that JJ will start school. It will be a huge change for both of us I imagine. Since he was nearly eight months old I’ve dragged him off to childcare for three then four days a week while I went to work. He’s enjoyed it and he’s made some good friends there both with the kids and with the staff. Childcare doesn’t close for school holidays so I’ve never had to worry about additional childcare during the holidays.
Once he goes to school I will. Not only are there school holidays but there are apparently pupil free days now. I gather this is for the school staff to have staff development days, something that’s come in since I went to school. There is also the after school care to organise. It will be a whole different ballgame and one that will take a bit of adjusting I imagine.
I think once he settles into school he will love and it and will embrace all that this learning will offer him. I think it will be harder for me those first few weeks. I’ll be the mum at the school gate balling my eyes out instead of the kid. JJ usually adjusts very easily to different situations and loves meeting and talking to new people.
When we were on Hindmarsh Island recently there was a group of lads in their early twenties next door after a day of being out in the boat skiing etc. JJ yelled out hallo to them and had a big conversation with them which led him to asking them to come over to our place because we were having a barbeque. I think I’ll have to start using him to meet men as he can break the ice and then I can try and ‘pick up’ where he leaves off.
The other fairly significant event happening in our household is my 40th birthday. I guess it’s a milestone in a person’s life only because people usually have a party to celebrate this birthday. Whenever it comes up in conversation I get asked what I’m going to do for my 40th.
I said to my mum recently that I’d like to go away for a while during this time, could she have JJ? She never answered but I’ve planted the seed. If I don’t go away then I’ll probably have some sort of party which I always find stressful hosting myself. I have some time to think about it though and I guess I will come up with something.
With these two events happening to us this year I don’t have to worry about what I’m doing with my ‘career’ and whether or not I should re-mortgage my house to go and do some postgraduate study.