November 19, 1998: Biggie’s first day at childcare (we call it creche). I remember crying all the way home.
July, 1999: I joined the committee of management
March, 2003: I was elected president of the committee
January, 2004: Otto’s first day at creche and Biggie’s last day at creche (3 days later)
March, 2007: I stepped aside as president to get someone else to take over for my last year. It was surprisingly emotional.
28 November, 2007: My last ever committee meeting. And they bought me flowers and chocolates! It was a surprise and a lovely one at that. There were tears – my involvement with creche has been a large part of my life for the past 8 or 9 years.
There were more tears when I got home.
We’re into the home stretch now: Next Friday, December 7th, is the last creche christmas party. In all the years, we’ve only missed one – in 2004 – and that was because we were 4 hours’ drive away for my uncle’s funeral.
December 21st will be our last day.
I’m trying to think of something appropriate to give the staff, to mark the day. Or at least to remember us by. I don’t want to just make a cash donation. A good photo of the girls will be a must – I will have to get cracking on that.
I don’t know what I will do to fill the space in my life that creche has occupied. School council is an option. Taking some time out might be a better one, but I am not sure I can do that.