Today was our older granddaughter’s last day in her first year of school. And it was the final day of our younger granddaughter’s time at nursery, before she graduates to the same junior school as her big sister.
In celebration we organised a speech day at the Cottage, and awarded certificates for their completion of the nurturing program we provided to give them pre-school training.
It’s important that children are nurtured for their own self esteem, to give them a confident start on life’s journey. Not only how to put their own shoes on, how to wipe their bum, and write their own name, but also how they should behave.
They have to learn to say (and mean) the words PLEASE, THANK YOU and SORRY, which are all embedded in the overriding concept of LOVE.
Unfortunately we live in an age where these words are only occasionally used, and where they are rarely meant. I call the culprits Thatcher’s grandchildren, because to my mind the pre-eminence of selfishness dates from her premiership in the 1970’s.
It therefore saddened me to see on the drive home from picking our grandchildren up on this important day a parked police car and officers taking photographs of those travelling in the opposite direction, to catch speeding cars in a built up area.
The sad thing was not that the speed trap was there, but that that behind us a couple of cars began flashing their lights, to warn drivers approaching the speed trap that they should momentarily slow down until the speed trap had been negotiated.
This marked for me the end of beginning for our beautiful grandchildren , for as the years tick by they will meet many people who have had little or no nurturing.
That’s when the value of their pre school lessons will be measured.
Put another way, that’s why,when the going gets tough the tough get going.
And they will be tough enough.