2009年7月29日水曜日

In for a shock

Meg's class are slowly starting to get ready to be schoolkids next year. Today they walked from the kinder to the school along the safe roads and checking at each intersection etc etc. This is the part of Meg going to school that worries me the most. More than bullying or rote learning of thousands of kanji or getting trampled by 800 other students or anything like that- she has to walk 4 kilometres each way to get there. Cross 5 roads, two with traffic lights, travel a kilometre along a road with no houses on either side and carved into a mountain that's home to monkeys, bears and wild boars etc etc.

Meg, however is extremely excited at the prospect of going on a walk without mummy. 'I'm not going to hold anyone's hand!'

Today's walk from kinder to school is about a kilometre, and on completely flat terrain. Meg came home raving about how easy it was, how she wasn't tired at all and thinks walking to school will be a breeze. I hope she's right but I think she's in for a shock...

8 件のコメント:

gaijin wife さんのコメント...

Are you serious? She will be walking eight kms a day? Not that she needs them, or is in fact even allowed to understand them, but she gets a whole stack of GW points just for getting to and from school.

Our school walk is about half that and is mainly along the main road with one set of lights and a bit of avoiding crabs, snakes and the likes.

Meg will fall into bed exhausted each day. Ganbare Meg.

anchan さんのコメント...

I thought ours had a treck at 2.5km... I'm surprised they don't provide a bus for that distance! I'm sure the novelty will wear off after about the first week! maybe you could secretly drive her half way ;-). I actually rebelled and chose to drive mine to and from school after a car hit a motorbike, very narrowly missing some ichinensei (some kids were injured on the same stretch of road 2 years ago), but I get a fair bit of flack for it.

illahee さんのコメント...

we are practically equidistant between to elementary schools, about 2.5km either way. i'm impressed with 4!! hope she gets over the shock quickly!

Kim さんのコメント...

I had to laugh at the "without mummy" bit. Jun is so looking forward to cooking by herself when she gets big! Using a knife by herself, using the fire (gas table) by herself, touching raw meat and making dinner for Mama and won't Mama be SOOOOO happy. Yes. I think I will. But, hold my hand when we cross the street!

thefukases さんのコメント...

Yup serious. We live on a side road that goes up a mountain. The side roads either side of us have bus services- the kids could walk 5 minutes the opposite direction from school and wait for a bus but some old fogey on some board of bus services somewhere is from this area and very proud that this is where all the ekiden/ marathon athletes come from because these kids have good legs.

The 1st graders walk with their mums for the first week and the mums walk half way for the rest of the first month. You should see them huffing and puffing up the mountain!

And the dangers? Apparently the huge cow bell (sister city in Switzerland) will save them from beasties and they each have an emergency buzzer alarm for human nasties- all very well if anyone would hear it!

The kids meet at 6:45 and walk off. I serve brekky at 7 at the moment so I see some adjustments needed! My neighbours daughter would get home at 4, sleep until 6, do homework, eat and be back in bed by 8. That schedule isn't going to work with Amy in kinder still though...

And Kim Meg is pinning everything on turning 6: she will cook dinner, drive the k- truck, ride without training wheels, drink beer and coffee, go shopping by herself and above all not hold my hand crossing roads. I think there's some disappointment awaiting there!

Angela- driving is not encouraged here as 'they need the exercise' but rainy/ snowy days I think I'm going to have to be a naught gaijin mum.

illahee さんのコメント...

ok, tagged you for a meme!

Midori さんのコメント...

Oh my word, 8kms sounds like a LONG walk every day. There was me feeling bad that Joey and I would have to walk from my house to my parents' house to drop him off in the morning- which is about 1km door to door! LOL! Joey is definitely blessed though, the school is opposite my parents' house and next to the child minder. I am going to have to sign him up to football club or something or he will never be a marathon runner! LOL!

gaijin wife さんのコメント...

6:45!! Not even going to comment on that. Crap, yes I am. With both girls at school you will be having a morning coffee in peace by seven o'clock - albeit while your two beautiful girls walk ten km in the snow in barefeet to get to school. Crazy. Good exercise for mummy for the first couple of months but!