January 24, 2023
Yes, the holidays are over. My grand daughter started at high school yesterday after a 3 year break where I helped home schooled her. I thought I might be called on to help get her home in the afternoon but her parents have arranged with their employers that they will do this. Things have changed so much since I had my children. By the time the eldest was 7 years old and his brother 6 I had them travelling on their own. They had to catch a bus from outside their school, get off in the busy Fortitude Valley, which wasn't a very savoury place for kids or any one else for that matter, cross a very busy road and then get another bus home. If they walked home from the Valley the old Italian men who sat in the pub, which was on the way home kept an eye out for them. They were accosted once and all the men came out of the hotel to their rescue, which they thought was very exciting. Then I insisted they had to get that second bus, no walking. But they learnt how to look out for their own safety and be responsible for themselves. I also took the time to teach them how to be safe on their push bikes in the traffic in the inner city suburb. My parents had given me similar lessons when I was 5 and 6 years old out in the country where the risks were different but still real.
Today those little boys are in their 40's and the eldest is responsible for his own family. I know it is easier to take the children in the car to and from school. There is more traffic and we are more aware of the risks. Up to 12 years of age it is against the law to leave a child alone, although I'm sure there are plenty of parents who do. I believe, learning how to look out for your own safety is something that should start early. I got a call from my son to tell me that my grand daughter had a great day at school today. Well now this grandmother has more time for stitching
More time for stitching is always a good thing!
Yes, I was taken to school; my Grandfather, at five, had to cross town on two buses to get to school and back!
Posted by: Rachel | January 26, 2023 at 12:57 AM
Children need to be safe from many sorts of risks. These risks change with time. I also believe in looking out for oneself, but these days, there are more organised crimes, trafficking and of course the traffic is heavier.
I am happy to hear your granddaughter is enjoying school and that you yourself have more time to stitch.
Posted by: Queenie Patch | January 26, 2023 at 09:46 PM
Yes, I agree. I think her parents are wise taking her to and from school.
Posted by: Carolyn Foley | January 27, 2023 at 04:05 PM