I remember the day I left primary school so well. Once we had reached the gates, mum made me take one last look back. It was just enough. In that moment time stopped, and the building, and the enormity of the fun, learning and experiences I shared with my class and teachers seemed to crystallise and bury itself in my memory bank.
I strode out the gates feeling all kinds of emotions, but as if I had closed the gate neatly behind me and was ready to move forward.
I can’t quite believe I will do the same with my daughter this month.
My mum taught me that rights of passage are so important. So when Molly Brown, who make special occasion jewellery for girls, asked if we would like to review one of their bracelets I immediately thought of my daughter reaching the end of her primary years this summer and thought it would make the perfect marker of how far she has come.
It’s sterling silver with a sapphire, her birthstone. She has always admired the sapphires in my engagement ring, so was thrilled to have her own.
Ancient cultures once believed the sky was painted blue by the reflection of dazzling sapphire stones.
Having only moved to the school in year 5 after our big move to the country, we’ve definitely been cushioned from the weight of moving on. Many of her classmates have been there since nursery – I remember the tears I cried when mine left nursery, and infants, and then left their junior school to move house. I feel like I have done much of the letting go already.
She’s packed an incredible amount in to her time here and had so many amazing opportunities. She’s had other challenges to face though, settling in, making new friends and being on every sports team because there are only 9 in her year.
I’m so proud of how hard she has worked, how much she has thrown herself in. She is really excited about the move to high school, so it seems daft to get emotional or dwell on the past. Onwards and upwards we go, living in the present.
She has been an amazing reminder to do just that too.
I posted on Instagram over the weekend about how utterly amazing she was at the weekend, helping me through a tricky bit of grief, a whole lot of stress and reminding me to live in the now.
We did it. 4 hours in Ikea. 3 trollies. 11 blue bags. 2 plates of veggie balls and pasta. The Airbnb caravan is very nearly kitted out. She was an absolute legend.
So this little gift from Molly Brown is a marker of how much she has grown up, of making a success of her primary years and of living in the now.
It came beautifully packaged, a lovely signal that this is something very special. It’s fully adjustable to suit different size wrists and has the Molly Brown bear logo hallmarked tag.
Thanks to Molly Brown for collaborating on this rite of passage and sending L’s Birthstone bracelet. Molly Brown London is a British brand that creates classic special occasion jewellery for girls. Discover a definitive range of Christening gifts, new baby gifts, bridesmaid gifts as well as birthday gifts and Holy Communion gifts.