"You dont have to drive me to school anymore."
My friends have warned me that I would hear that when my kids got older. Kids, who thought that their parents were "not cool" or did not want to be seen being ferried around by their parents, or those who did not want their parents anywhere near school. Since all my kids are pretty young, with the oldest not even out of primary school, I never thought that I would hear that phrase - not so soon at least. But I did, last week.
My daughter said it to me. And this was how our conversation went:
Hmmm. Dont you want to go to school anymore? I asked
Of course I do! But you dont have to drive me anymore.
Then how are you going?
I will go to school with my friends.
How? Are you going on the school bus with them?
No. By car.
Who's going to drive? All of you are too small and cant drive.
Then who's big enough to drive.
Sarah will drive. She's the biggest of us all. She will drive her mummys car and come to fetch me to school.
I burst out laughing. Sarah sure is the tallest girl in class, but she has not even turned 4. Yes, that was the conversation I had with Little D. It made me wonder -is she growing up too fast for her age or am I so uncool that she doesnt want me driving her to school anymore?