Today middle man had his teacher visit. I believe lots of schools have these. The teacher and teaching assistant visit the reception pupils in their own environment to make them feel more at ease about starting school. As a parent I was less keen. Trying to keep the house tidy for a morning with too little ones is near impossible. I thought ahead and we spent the morning making a mess of my friends house instead.
When we got back I sent the boys to play in the conservatory whilst we waited for the teachers. I saw the car, alerted middle man and before I knew it, little and middle man were at the door waving and jumping at the arrival of our new guests.
We moved into the lounge and the teacher asked middle man if he was looking forward to school?
"Yes I am looking forward to learning how to be a vet so I can help care for sick and injured animals" was his reply. They thought this was lovely and were planning on getting out soft toys for him to nurse with a doctors kit. I thought it was best not to remind him that he is frightened of anything with 4 or more legs and that maybe a different career choice might be in order.
We then got on with our chat whilst the teaching assistant played with the boys. I already knew how fantastic she was as big man had her. I finished talking to the teacher and middle man decided it would be a good idea to impress the teachers with his reading. He can't really read but has some phonics books. Before I knew it he was reading to them, teacher style, and asking them questions about the story. They played along. He was thriving on the attention. He was off for more books! This time he made himself at home by plonking himself on his teachers lap.
There were toys galore bought in to show the teachers. My unusually tidy lounge was now littered in Mickey Mouse, Teenage Mutant Turtle Masks and cars before I knew it. He was keen to show them his Scooby Doo car and knowingly advised them that Scooby Doo has a driving licence and that is why he can drive the truck.
Middle man then started caring for the class mascot travelling piglet by brushing his teeth and once again showing his caring nature required to be a vet. At this point little man had somehow coerced the teaching assistant into doing "This little piggy" on his toes and before I knew it middle man was lying on the floor asking for the same.
I think this was enough for anyone to cope with and they politely said goodbye to cheers of "I am so excited about starting school!" from middle man. If the teacher hasn't run off in terror after our visit, I will have no worries about leaving middle man on his first day. I'm just hoping he realises just how long the training will be before he is let lose on sick and injured animals requiring his help.