It is a relief to know I am not the only one that feels like this. When DS1 left primary school last year it was such a mixture of pride in seeing them growing up/moving on, excitement for them for this new (more independent) stage in their life, but with a twist of regret and sadness for what they are leaving behind:
no more getting out in the morning with all four kids and talking about the same things that are going on at school; no more lazy walks home or going off to the park after school because there is no rush to get home; no more uninvited friends turning up after school pretending they had asked their parents and it was ok (
) or calling in on their way to school.
I am feeling the same this year with DS2. We live on the same road as our school and it is so good to see him dawdling around after school with neighbours his age as they stop at each house and exchange football cards and talk nonsense (although it used to drive me mad that he took so long to walk up one road). When I see that now I think this is a simplicity that he will never get back in life, but tbh I don't think that he is all that bothered
I think I would be emotional anyway but it is worse when the majority are going to a particular school and will move on with those friends (well, until they get sick of them at secondary school
) and your child is inevitably going to break away from the group to go somewhere else alone
. The kids at DS's school are lovely.
.......I think I need to get a grip. Ginx, my DH is about as sympathetic as yours and complains that he will still need to be paying for the younger one into his retirement!