We met her at the train station, then I took the two girls, along with another of A's friends to see the new Harry Potter film, which we all enjoyed.
- lots of amazing art work - I have a whole box of sketches and paintings
- sheets and sheets of maths work - many with "I hate maths" scrawled somewhere on the page!
- a flow chart entitled 'Why its not my fault' - I want to frame this, such a brilliant example of A's creative logic
- the script of a comedy sketch we wrote together - brought back memories of trying to record it, we had to do loads of takes as we were laughing so much
- many poems and stories - some about herself and her early childhood which were quite sad, amazing insight into very complicated adult situations
- A's hilarious approach to writing up science experiments
- several home-made magazines, focusing on popular culture/fashion/make-up (or rather "mack-up")
I'm so aware that a lot of the child-like aspects of A's character are disappearing now, or transforming, and I feel going to school will just push her that bit further down that road. They are all struggling so hard to be more grown up. Its inevitable, and in some ways very positive as she's becoming a lovely young woman rather than a lovely child (not biased at all ;-)) but for a parent it does evoke mournful feelings too.
Went for my second excruciating session with the sports physio today. She thinks I might benefit from special insoles for my trainers, apparently I may have a slight pronation that wasn't picked up when I went for my shoe fitting. I'm feeling more and more despondent about the whole thing. Its costing me money and causing me pain. I went for a very gentle, very short run this morning, and while my shins weren't too bad I feel like I'm back to square one with my fitness level and stamina. I just ran round a field a couple of times (alternate run-walking) and I felt like I was going to die. Is it worth it I am asking myself?! Somewhere in my memory is that great feeling I got from a good run when I felt I was progressing, I need to find that.