Back to school…

16 04 2012

Remember being at junior school and getting to the final year and feeling like the big kid?

Then all of a sudden life changed dramatically when you started secondary school.

You became the small fry.

The object of laughs and ridicule from the older more experienced kids.

All your clothes and kit were shiny and new, unlike the more dishevelled and worn in look sported by others around you.

Suddenly everything you had learnt flew out of the window when faced with a whole new school and way of getting through the day-to-day.

That’s kind of how I feel right now being the new parent on the block.

I had a reasonable amount of control.

I knew what I was doing.

I could do what I wanted, when I wanted.

And that all vanished in the blink of an eye with the arrival of JJ.

I’m now surrounded by new clothes, new toys, new pram, new cot, new bed etc.

All the gear, no idea.

I guess with every day, week, month and year you progress through parent school.

Learning the tricks of the trade.

Avoiding that arc of wee.

Dodging the exploding backside.

Mastering the art cleaning a back covered in what looks like runny peanut butter before the baby starts to cry.

Understanding the true meaning of multi-tasking.

Sleep feeding.

And so on.

The other big kids I’m sure still laugh and ridicule behind my back as they see me struggling, mouth agape as I take everything in (closing it quickly before that arc of wee reaches me).

So hopefully one day I’ll be able to stand alongside other parents, relaxed in knowing I have things back under control.

Just as I hear the words “Dad, I think I’ve got my girlfriend pregnant, what should I do?”

A new term has begun.

Welcome to the university of life.

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