This morning at school drop-off, I almost cried. This is our last week of the term and then we head into the long Easter break (3.5 weeks off!). When the kids go back to school at the end of April, it will be their last term in England.
While I knew that was going to be hard to handle, I thought I’d make it until June at least before I started crying about it.
Turns out? I was wrong.
Last week was the sign-up for extracurricular activities for the coming term. Instead of jumping on the laptop that night and waiting for the activity portal to open, I didn’t manage to sign the boys up for their clubs until the next morning. When I checked the activity board at school this morning, I saw that Quinn didn’t get into Athletics club, the number one thing he wanted to do this coming term. He’s on the waiting list, but who knows if five children will drop out in the first week so he can participate. I haven’t told him yet.
When I realized what had happened, and that it was 100% entirely my own fault, I felt the tears start to well up. You see, it’s more than him just not being able to do Athletics club (which is basically like track and field – all kinds of running and jumping and throwing). I realized that if he doesn’t get to do this club this coming term, he never will. Cause this is our last term here at this amazing, incredible school that offers multiple free after-school clubs every day of the week.
I made it to my car before I cried, thus successfully avoiding embarassing myself or the children. I’ll save that for later in the school year, as the end truly approaches, when I doubt I’ll make it a single week without crying over leaving this school.
I am so happy to be moving home, truly, in every way. Until I think about schools.
I know there’s no school like this in America. Even the private schools that charge twice as much as our tuition here aren’t as good. And I just want to scream because I can’t give my children everything I want: this amazing school, but in the location where we want to live permanently. I want to pick it up and drag it across the ocean with me and plant it in the town where we’re going to live and go on enjoying the fantastic teachers and interesting curricula and amazing sports programs and afterschool clubs and school lunches better than what I cook for myself at home. Now that we’ve had this, now that we know it exists, how do we leave?
The answer is that we have to, so we do the best we can. And we go to our new schools with optimism and open minds and hope. And a plan to join the PTA and run for school board.