|My retirement gifts|
|Our early days of home schooling: experimenting with electricity! (2010)|
|Early art days: experimenting with mulberry and various dyes (2010)|
But moving forward is a good thing! The girls are excited to be going to school, although Louisa seems more excited about having a packed lunch than anything else! And I am excited to be able to focus more on other things and have evenings free of lesson prep and topic planning! Now all I need to do is sort out school uniforms and packed lunches!
Having said that, sourcing bits of school uniform proved rather difficult ... in particular, black dress shoes! What I would have given for a Clarks Shoe shop ... even with the queues! I hunted on several days, walking the streets of Mwanza, seeking help (which always led to a wild goose chase) and was failing miserably. I figured I would have to paint the girls' feet black for their first day at school! This wouldn't be so bad for Louisa who on her first day at Aldermaston School in the UK, back in 2012, came out of school barefoot, carrying her shoes! But, on the last day of the Easter holidays, the girls and I traipsed through the streets, rummaging through every pile of tattered old shoes on the side of the road and every stall of cheap Chinese shoes that would only last a week. And finally, hot, tired, dusty, sweaty ... we found some! And started bargaining!
So Amisadai and Louisa were completely presentable (no painted feet) for their first day of school today. And we arrived promptly at 7:45am (sadly the days of a cup of tea in bed may well be over ... for a little while anyway!) And they came home happy; full of the excitement of swimming lessons, PE classes, packed lunches, house teams and lots of new friends! They are obviously at an International school, as both of them are struggling to remember or pronounce the names of their classmates!
|Check out the black shoes!|
So as I retire and (albeit rather sadly) put away my flipchart pens, triangle (school "bell") and house-point charts, I am thankful. Thankful for our girls. Thankful for what we've had. Thankful for the opportunities for all of us now to come.