Dad dot info
Free online course for separated parents
Forum - Ask questions. Get answers.
Free online course for separated parents | DAD BLOGS: New Dad Simon | First Day of School

First Day of School

I don’t think I slept much the night before Adlai started school…


I spent most the night chasing worst-case senarios out of my mind. Adlai, though was having no such difficulty sleeping. For him the day could not come soon enough. 

For once, Faith and I were up before the boys. We were more organised than I can ever remember us being. At the agreed time we went in to wake up Adlai, nervous that his school enthusiasm would have waned over night. As Adlai opened his eyes, they filled with excitement as he whispered ‘BIG SCHOOL’. 

Before I knew it, he was dressed, with his solid black shoes on, and his bag round his neck. He took some convincing that it wasn’t yet time to go to school, and ate his breakfast at a frightening pace (still with his bag round his neck). It was early but it was impossible to contain him any longer so we spilled out of our house, took the obligatory ‘first day at school’ photo, and loaded into the car. 

My emotions held together long enough to see him go over the road and climb into the car. At that point I had to go inside before I became more hindrance than help. Faith and the boys drove away toward the new adventure. Adlai’s enthusiasm lasted well into the classroom and even Faith’s exit didn’t phase him. (I, on the other hand, was still at home gathering my composure before cycling to work.) 

When Faith collected Adlai at 3:30pm, he was still smiling. The first day was a massive success. Adlai is a school boy.

Related entries

Running to Beat the Chickens

Running to Beat the Chickens

On mile 23 of the London Marathon I was overtaken by a giant chicken. Let's just say, it was a low point… Looking back on my London Marathon ‘success’ I can only assume it was someone dressed up in a costume or perhaps some kind of hallucination. The lactic acid build...

Running to Beat the Chickens

Snow Day

On this day in 2010 I walked through the snow to visit my wife and one-day-old son at our local hospital... Due to various complications, my first born had a short spell of intensive medical oversight before being released into the real world. I chose the frozen walk...

Latest entries

Teaching Your Kids To Avoid Scams

Teaching Your Kids To Avoid Scams

Unfortunately with our kids spending so much time on their phones and online there comes the risk of being scammed. While we as adults might be wise to the tricks scammers use- Nigerian princes included- our children probably aren't. To avoid being out of pocket and...

Pin It on Pinterest