by Lindsey Alexander
This week I took my four-year-old daughter to her primary 1 enrolment night. It wasn’t an overly emotional event - that’ll be the day she actually starts - because my seven-year-old is already there and his little sister is very familiar with the school, but her reaction to one thing did give me a lump in my throat.
We had a talk from the depute head about what to expect and then a tour round the P1 area. She immediately recognised her brother’s first classroom and was even more amazed that his wonderful teacher was there! Walking home we asked her how she thought the visit went and she replied, “It’ll all be okay mum because I’ll have Mrs (X) and she’ll look after me.” We didn’t have the heart to tell her that the teachers won’t be decided until nearer the time - but given the high hopes she has we’re keeping our fingers crossed she’ll get her wish!
Touching: This week no-one can fail to have been upset by the tragic discovery of the body of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular at his former home in Kirkcaldy. We may not yet know exactly what led to his untimely death but during the days when he was missing and we were forced to contemplate the worst of things that can befall human beings, we also saw evidence of the good people can do. Many people turned out to join in the search for Mikaeel in Edinburgh and then when it was revealed his body had been found in Kirkcaldy, people from all over Fife flocked to Dunvegan Avenue to show their respects. It truly was a touching sight.
Pedal power: Training for my impending bike ride from Inverness to Fife Ness in May has not got off to a good start - or really any start come to that! Work, dark nights and family commitments are making it very hard to get some time on my bike. I’m hoping that the post-festive slumber will soon disappear and I’ll be motivated enough to get on my bike whatever the weather!
This week: Spent three hours with my son creating a poster on the Ancient Egyptians and learned a thing or two at the same time.