After a long Summer together, with some really lovely times and some pretty unbearable pass-me-the-wine times, the day we had been waiting for finally came around – back to school!! And after twelve months of tears from Eva, I was really hoping, with Megan starting in reception, that Year One would be a very different experience for her.
We had prepared as best we could, the school uniforms were bought, the agonising decision over which shoes to buy had been made, and both girls were seemingly excited. And then Tuesday morning came around and from the moment that Eva came down the stairs I knew that we were going to have a repeat of last year. It actually breaks my heart that her first photo of Year One is this….
School drop off was hideous; she clung to me in hysterics, clawing at me like crazy, begging me not to leave her, and as I prised her little hand from mine I remembered just how hard it was to leave her behind when both of our hearts were breaking.
That afternoon, after the longest morning waiting (“Is it 1.30 yet?” on repeat!!) it was finally Megan’s turn. And she couldn’t wait!!!
For the last year she has watched enviously as Eva got dressed each morning into her grey pinafore and shirt, and every day she would ask me, “Will I have one like that when I’m four?”. So when she finally got to choose her pinafore from Debenhams, the look on her face was priceless. She literally could not have been happier.
On Tuesday night when I picked both girls up from school and Eva saw Megan for the first time in her uniform, she managed a little smile. “You should be happy now!” Megan told her, “We are twins again!!”.
And in the same way that she always has, Megan knew exactly exactly what to say to make her big sister laugh again and after such an emotional day all round, it was so lovely to see.
Seeing them together in their new uniforms, I felt like the proudest Mummy in all the world. I know that every parent is biased but I can’t help but think that they really are exceptionally beautiful.
Even when they are doing this…
Starting school has been such a huge milestone for Meggy and yet she has well and truly taken it in her stride. And although our mornings haven’t quite gone to plan with Eva, and we have had countless tears at bedtime, it’s a huge comfort to me, and to them both, that they have each other.