Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Big School in Words and Pictures.

More photos! There's no stopping me now that I know how to do it! Below is a selection of pics from Grandson's first day at School - the first one before they left for School and the last one as he was coming out at the end of the day (I love the way the Teacher is shepherding him along.)

My lovely boy leaving for Big School.
With his "partner in crime", Thomas.

Keeping the crowd amused.

Looking after his Book Bag.

The end of his first day, in the rain.
I must tell you about Grandson's first Parents' Evening at his Big School. It was last Thursday, and Daughter had a good chat with his Teacher. She (the teacher) has discovered that Grandson's ears aren't too good - he is having difficulty hearing properly and making sense of things. She said that at first she wondered if he was "trying it on", but quickly realized that it was genuine. She recommended getting his ears tested ASAP, which Daughter has already arranged. I had a look at those lovely little ears at the weekend, and they are full of wax- which probably doesn't help.

We have had lots of ear problems in the past as Daughter's ears were a constant cause for concern when she was little. She kept getting ear infections, and ended up with a bad case of "glue ear". When she was 5 I discovered that she was almost deaf. One day she was walking away with her back to me, and when I called her she didn't respond. So I called her again, and again, louder and louder. In the end I was practically shouting, and still she didn't turn round. I panicked and rushed her to the Doctor, who said that she had simply coped with her increasing deafness by learning to lip-read - and without me realizing! He also said that it's quite a common response; children just get on with it and find a way round their problems. You can imagine how terrible I felt - she hadn't said a word to me, poor little scrap.
She had her first set of gromits when she was only 6, (what a nightmare it is to see your child being taken away for an operation!) and another two sets after that, the last being just before she went off to Uni. At one point, when she was about 10, the Specialist said that he thought she would be completely deaf before long - but in the end she did make a pretty miraculous recovery. And now her ears are fine. I do wonder if these things can be hereditary.

Anyway, to return to the Parents' Evening, Grandson's Teacher said that despite his ear problems, and the fact that he is one of the youngest in the class, he has the most stars! He tries so hard at everything, and loves answering questions. And he makes her laugh every day.
I think that's just about the best School Report anyone could ever have. Of course, I may be slightly biased.


Maggie May said...

Your little grandson is so cute! He looks really grown up in his school uniform, doesn't he?
I think you are right about the ear complaints that are most likely "in the family". We have all god minor ear problems.

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Hi Maggie, yes he looks far too grown-up for me - I'd like him to stop right there. Of course there's no chance of that.
Funnily enough Son and I haven't had any problems, but my Mum had really bad ears, so it could have skipped a generation. M xx

Adventure Mother said...

Lovely photos, you must be so proud of him.

Suzysoo said...

What a handsome little chap. He looks so smart in his uniform. I cried when every one of mine started school, they seem so little and vulnerable, don't they?

I have always had dodgy ears. Mine is still blocked, nurse didn't want to mess with it and now I'm awaiting a hospital appointment to have it 'hoovered'! Yeukkk!

Retiredandcrazy said...

This is what is so good about blogging. It gives me a discipline to record "stuff", photos and rants!

Anonymous said...

Those school reports are worth so much, to see your little angels doing well.

CJ xx

Donna said...

What a Precious little Sweetie!! And I LOVE all the pictures!!!! Well Done!!hughugs

Stinking Billy said...

Margot, Sure he's cute, sure he's smart, but that teacher's personality assessment is worth its weight in gold. x

Dusty Spider said...

Biased! Of course not! Hope they can sort out lovely grandson's hearing. I'm sure they will and it's great that it's been spotted straight away. Hugs for a worried Nan. Flick xx

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Welcome, Adventure Mother, yes, I do love the little tyke. He's very special. M xx

Hi suzysoo, and thanks for visiting again - yes, he looks too little to be wearing that uniform and spending all day at school!
Poor you, that must be a worry, I'd hate to have my ears hoovered out! M :-(

HI Rac, lovely to hear from you, and I love your new photo. Yup, blogging is great isn't it? M xx

Hi Crystal, yes it's wonderful. And he really is a little angel. M :-)

Hi Donna, so lovely to hear from you and thank you - nothing like as good as your photos, but I'm so pleased you like them. And I do agree that he's a Sweetie. Love and Hugs to you. M xx

You're so right Billy, and I'm so proud of the little darling. M xx

Dear Flick, thoughtful as ever. Thank you. Yes, we do hope they will be sorted out quickly. M xx

Mean Mom said...

I tried to leave a comment a couple of days ago, but blogger wouldn't let me, so here I am to try again.

Lovely photos of grandson. What a handsome little chap and it's good to hear that he is doing so well at school, in spite of his hearing problems. Hope his ears can be sorted out.

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

HI Mean Mom, thanks for trying again - I'm always having problems too. Computer is still freezing at the most inopportune moments.
So pleased you like the photos - and let's hope his ears will be OK.
M xx

Lakeland Jo said...

Isn't it great when you learn a new blogging skill like loading photos? They are lovely!

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Hi Jo, lovely to meet you. Yes, it's great - and it has taken me ages, as some of my patient readers would tell you! M :-)

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