I’m still struggling with getting back into the school routine. Mornings particularly are a hectic and stressful time of day for me – as they probably are in most houses where school age children live.
Ian leaves for work at 7am so most days I am left to get everyone else fed, dressed, organised and out the door for school at 8.30am. The clock seems to go at superspeed during that hour and a half in the morning.
Once again, this morning 8.30 came around quicker than I was expecting. Ella was wondering round chewing her toothbrush I’d given her a good 15 minutes earlier and Lucy was taking off the shoes and socks I had just put on her feet…
A few minutes later as the three of us bundled out of the front door, I heard a ‘mummy look, its the milk.’ from Ella. As I turned from shutting the front door – there she was clutching the mornings milk delivery from the step (2 pints of semi-skimmed in case you were wondering).
Me: ‘Just put it down on the step Ella, I’ll sort it when I get home’
Ella: ‘No, Ella do it’
Me: ‘Ella we are going to be late, put the milk down’
Ella (raised voice): No Mummy, Ella in the kitchen please’ accompanied by irate tone and pointed finger towards the door
So, I fumbled about to find my house key, re-opened the door and told Ella to take the milk and put it on the side in the kitchen. I then got Lucy into the car and belted up while Ella disappeared, all the while wondering where the milk would actually be left and where I would find it when I got home.
Ella soon returned, got in the car and off to school we went. And I completely forgot all about the milk.
But here is what greeted me when I got home…
Sorry, to those of you expecting a more amusing or dramatic end to this tale but the vision of finding the milk sat on the side in the kitchen has kept me smiling all day. Just a simple example of not only following a two word level instruction (which Ella is fairly good at now) but most importantly, not getting distracted while doing it.
Good work Ella x