Beth has hadÂ a good startÂ this year. It’sÂ so nice to not be one of the new kids for her, or in my case, one of theÂ new mums. She loves her new teacher and she came home with someÂ work she had done on Wednesday, her first day. I reckon it’s the best writing I’ve seenÂ her do. It wasÂ very cute, sheÂ had written about what she didÂ in the holidays andÂ drawn pictures to show what it was. One was going to see Wreck It Ralph which we took her, Bill and fourÂ other boys to see for Bill’s birthday. Then they came home for a night of sleeping in the lounge and Austin Powers movies. I don’t even think I have to paint a picture here! Anyway, Beth wrote about that movie and how she wants to see Rise of the Guardians. She also wrote aboutÂ howÂ she had gone to see ponies and all about them, it sounded fantasticÂ and maybe it was just me who realised that it’s a fantasy from My Little Pony! Anyway, she did a really good job. Bill and Bridie were in the car as they didn’t start until the next day, they were so complimentary, both of them talking about how goodÂ her writing was, how straight her ‘I’s were. BillÂ even went so far as to sayÂ that JK Rowling would be jealous of Beth’sÂ writing abilities! They’re such gorgeous kids. I wasÂ pleased to seeÂ Beth waving goodbye to a friend, the first time I haven’t had to elbow her to say goodbye to somebodyÂ who was saying it to her.
We had our photos done lastÂ week. The photographer was terrificÂ and excellent with Beth. The job wasÂ to get Beth not looking quite as autistic as she canÂ often look in photos. I don’t mean that in a badÂ way, she just doesn’t know how to naturally pose and putsÂ on a funny smile whenÂ she poses. She also likes to do the finger thing in Star Trek and now in the Big Bang Theory, you know the one whereÂ you separate your two first fingers with your two last fingers, I think the saying is “go forth and prosper.” Those shots made it whichÂ I was glad of, that’sÂ who Beth is after all.
I went to my very first assemblyÂ at Beth’s school thisÂ morning. They have a lovely tradition whichÂ I didn’t know about. They got everybody up whose birthday was in January, they all linedÂ up (including a teacher) and the restÂ of the school had to put them in age order as they said their ages. Then they clapped up to the first birthday which in this case was seven. WhenÂ they got to seven the seven year old had to say what they wished for. Then we’d clap up to the next ageÂ and so on. Most of them said they wished for a good day. One boy, bless his heart, saidÂ he wished to be a lion. I must make sureÂ I’m there for Beth’s, she no doubt will go into a spiel about Hollywood or Disney, in a dramatic accent!