Friday, September 5

Sad

Today has been hard. The girls' school held 'Grandparent's Day' and all the Grandmas and Grandpas were invited to come to the school. There was a morning assembly with several entertaining presentations and some singing by the school choir, then the grandparents all went to the classrooms of their grandchildren to see their work and meet their teachers, then there was a morning tea.

My children only have one set of grandparents, my Mum and Dad are no longer with us. Unfortunately Tom's parents don't live in Adelaide so we had no grandparents attending. Because I didn't want the girls to have no-one there I went along. When it was time to visit the classes I went to Aislin's first, sadly she was the only one that didn't have at least one grandparent there. She took my hand and led me round the room, showing me all her work that was displayed, then she took me to her desk and went through every workbook telling me all about it. None of this was new to me, I drop her at school every day and we always look at her latest work - but she showed me it all again anyway because the teachers said they should and all the other kids were showing their grandparents. The teacher went round taking photos of the kids with their grandparents, Aislin watched this for a while then whispered 'Mummy, can we have a photo?' I think it was at that point my heart broke.

After that we went to Hannah's class and did it all again. Then it was over, the children said goodbye to everyone and they went off to play. The adults were invited through to the morning tea but by then it was more than I could stand so I slipped out.

It goes without saying that I miss my Mum and Dad every single day. But days like this make it almost unbearable.

11 comments:

Dave said...

I don't think I can write anything silly today.

Last week was the 10th anniversary of my Dad's death. I wish it wasn't.

Leanne said...

oh ((Hugs)) Caitlin. I still have my mum, but I lost my dad nearly 5 years ago, i still miss him in my life so much, so I really do understand your feelings. Shame I wasnt closer, I could have come along as a substitute, and been 'adopted mad aunrie leanne' for the girls!!

Leanne x

Caitlin said...

It just never gets easier does it Dave? It amazes me that I can be all grown up (well in theory anyway) with children of my own and still feel like an orphan without my Mum and Dad.

Leanne, that would have been lovely, the girls would have been thrilled to have 'Mad Aunty Leanne' come along. Once they invent teleporting it will be much easier :-)

Cathy said...

Your post made me cry...sending some hugs your way...

Leanne said...

well once they've cracked teleportation, I'm your mad auntie!!! just let me know!!

Leanne x

Caitlin said...

Thanks for the hugs Cathy, sorry I made you cry. Nice to hear from you though, missing your blog.

Can't wait for that Leanne - you may regret it, there's no end of sports days, sausage sizzles and concerts especially designed for mad aunties. :-)

Dave said...

Oh, and once you get teleportation fixed up, I could do a spot of decorating, couldn't I?

Leanne said...

Ah yes, but I spent my apprenticeship at all those events for my own 3 children. at one point the 3 of them were at 3 different schools so one year it was 3 sports days, 3concerts, 3 xmas plays...etc etc. my children are all grown up and it would be a shame to let all that attendance experience go to waste!!!

Leanne x

Caitlin said...

Yes Dave! Good thinking, I'd forgotten about that.

Caitlin said...

Well hopefully when you're here Leanne you can give me some tips on how to appear cheerful and enthusiastic during these things - especially at the sporting events. I find those particularly challenging.

Leanne said...

you wear a big hat and very dark glasses Caitlin!! then no one can see if yuo fall asleep!!! :-) :-)

leanne x