Last week, I sent the school applications to the county council.
Two days ago, I got a call from them saying they had an opening for my 5 year old at BOTH schools we requested.
Yesterday, we toured the school closest to our house.
Today, we decided to go for it! I spoke to the school and she is starting on MONDAY.
She has 1 school skirt and 1 pinafore. We are going to have to do some serious shopping tomorrow!
I'm kind of dizzy at how fast this change has come about. I sent the paperwork off and expected a good month or so before hearing from the powers that be. Now, within the space of a week and a half, our entire family life will be different.
I am at peace with this choice, although it's taken me some serious thought and tossing-and-turning before I've come to that conclusion. It will be ok. Good, even!
She will have something special and important that's all her own, which is something she needs. She'll get to be her own person outside of the family. And when her brother finally gets a place (he's on the waiting list), she'll be able to show him the ropes!
I'm happy for her.
And if it doesn't work out, she can always come home again!