The day my child wore the wrong clothes to school
A bad mum confession.
I’ve done something that I’m not proud of.
Something I swore I’d never do.
Today, I sent my 5-year-old daughter to school in the wrong clothes.
The night before had been spent washing her school summer dress. I had laid out her school socks. I hung up her school cardigan ready for the morning and placed her black school shoes ready in the hallway.
But there was no need for a pretty, clean school summer dress. No need for an accompanying school cardigan or sensible shoes.
There was no need for any of this because…
… today was a non-uniform (mufti) day.
And I had completely forgotten.
I had to be at work earlier than usual so I prided myself on getting everything ready the night before. I handed the morning school routine duties over to my mother-in-law and off I went.
My mother-in-law ended up running late so Olivia was one of the last children into her classroom, There were no other youngsters in sight.
Later that morning, the phone call came.
I should feel relieved that the school wasn’t phoning about anything more serious. Even so, I couldn’t help but cringe when the school secretary pointed out what deep down I already knew.
That it was a non-uniform school day. No school uniform.
Casual clothes were hastily arranged and dropped off at school. So no harm done.
Olivia was non-plussed about the whole incident and would’ve happily stayed in her uniform all day. So no harm done.
It was something I swore I’d never do. I remember children being teased about wearing the wrong clothes to school. I don’t want that to happen to my children.
Today I sent my child to school wearing the wrong clothes.
That is my confession.
Oh yeah, and I also forgot to pack her swimsuit for her weekly school swimming lesson today.