Sebastian took the bus to his new school for the first time on September 10th, 2018. Jane drove him to the bus stop, near the care home, and he shouted “Hello Daddy”, as they passed the open window of room 23 at about 0745. Jane found two older pupils of the school at the stop and they kindly agreed to be with Sebastian to and from school. “They were nice”, he told us. When he came into my room after school, I said, “I think that it is a great achievement that you went on the bus on your own today. It shows what a brave person you are. I never went on my own. So, well done and can you give me a hug please?”
“What, you never went on your own”? Jane and I are right proud of him, and he knew had done something grown up. “Who did you go with”?
I didn’t have to be brave at all, because most of the boys from Poppleton went to Nunthorpe Grammar School for Boys. In my road, there were three older boys already using the bus; Richard Lipscomb and Nicky Woods in the 5th form and John Gawthrope in the year above me. We walked to the bus stop together. As the School Speggy drove round the perimeter of Poppleton, it picked up Paul Cartwright, in the same year as Richard and Nicky, and my friend from Primary school, Simon Turnbull. We got off at The Odeon cinema, and the others probably showed us to school a couple of times. On the way back, it was every man for himself.
In summary, he’s going to a new school, with nobody from his class and a different education system. He’s giving it his best shot. The Chemistry teacher covered science lab rules today. Good.
If you are of a certain age and from certain countries, this story won’t impress you. So be it.
PS – a stomach pain for a few days, Monday morning throw, sore throat for a few hours, limited diet for two days. PPS – carers and nurses make a massive difference to MND patients every day, but especially when they are sick.