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Pumpkin writing, sleep deprivation and starting school

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 18 Sep 2009 at 10:30 AM

Pumpkin writing

My elder son started school this week.  To say it's not going well is an understatement of epic proportions.  One morning it took us nearly fifteen minutes to wrestle on his school uniform, every day there are tears from almost the moment he gets out of bed, and he even wakes in the night, crying.

For a millisecond yesterday, I almost thought home-schooling sounded attractive.  That was when I realised I'd entered the madness of sleep deprivation.  The other, more worrying sign of my looming insanity is a tendency to wander down to the vegetable garden, after dropping him at school, to visit his pumpkin.

A few weeks ago, the children and I wrote their names on some young pumpkins.  As the scar heals and the pumpkins grow, they can see their names getting larger and larger.  At the time, I thought it was a good way to interest the kids in veg growing.  Now I realise I was subconsciously creating a child substitute to see me through the difficult days of a new school term.

Yesterday I patted it gently and told it school would get easier.  Then I realised I had just tried to comfort a large, orange, edible object and that perhaps I needed to, well... get a grip.  And some sleep.

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