I thought that I would share the feelings that I am going through as I sit here typing this out. The whole 11+ plus process has reminded me of the time when my two children were born. The father's perspective, I'm usually in control of myself and able to judge and act on most things that are thrown at me. My wife sees me as the soul and life-line and I in turn regard her as my rock, on which we have built our foundation (sounds cheesy, but bear with me). When my wife giving birth to our first son, I stood there is theatre, trembling, tears in my eyes, shaking and totally scared s*****less, knowing that I was not in control and relying on the doctors/nurses. Finally, after frantic activities from the medical crew, our son started breathing and crying, it seemed that all was fine. I nearly fainted with excitement and relief, and at the very moment, and I remember it like yesterday, I couldn't express enough gratitude to the doctors/nurses, and if I had been a rich man, I'd given them every penny for the health of our son.
The second time around, with our second son, it was no better, I still went through the same emotions and roller coaster ride.
My point?, the whole eleven plus has left me filled with emotion, not in control and drained of energy, and I have those same emotions all over again. could I do it again? Ummmmâ€¦.let's see â€¦no, we only have two children and my wife's nagging me to have the op.
This forum has shown me that that I am not the only one who regards education as being very important and I am glad, as my father once told me, "your job can be taken away, but your education can not be"