I slept at 8:30 pm last night but greedy as this might sound, I’m sleepy at work today. It’s the first day of school for 2011 here in Dubai and like a new student excited for class, I was giddy. I felt my eyes were closed last night but my mind was fully awake thinking of so many things like: will I be able to wake up early tomorrow? Will there be traffic? Will Pristine like the packed lunch I will prepare?
After tossing and turning in bed and waking up to pee so many freaking times in the night, I finally woke up at 5:45 am. Part of my compulsion to wake up earlier than usual is that Pristine’s school have decided to add some additional torture to moms by changing the school start time – to 15 minutes earlier than the previous years! Now, they have to be in school on or before 7:45 am or be marked late! And I thought the previous year’s 8 am start was already agony!
Thankfully, everything went well this morning – everyone was able to wake up early, eaten breakfast and Pristine was whisked off to school by her dad at 7:15 am. I’m so relieved we do not have those cold winter days here in Dubai – imagine starting off at that early time in winter wonderland! Pristine is still wearing the same uniform she had last year, no uniform change this year. A miracle.
By the way, it’s her fifth year in the same school. As cliche as this may sound, time really flies. Wasn’t she just a little kindergartner when we first came here? She was in Kindergarten 1 when we landed in Dubai (and couldn’t speak a single English word) and now, she’s in Year 3, grown tall and proud and feel very much ‘at home’ in school.