Jo Worgan column

Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.
Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.
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The first week of ‘back to school’ is over.

I wondered how Tom would settle back into school life, but luckily he seems to have settled back really well.

The first week back was not as bad as I had imagined it would be, largely I think, to the social stories that the school gave us to prepare him for his return to school after the summer break, and the added fact that he is extremely happy there.

Monday morning, as predicted, was a little unsettled and he kept saying, “no school today” and he did lie on the bed and refuse to get dressed, but I made light of it, joked with him and he soon got dressed for me.

He also rather surprisingly went happily to the taxi, with only a little grumble. I must admit that I breathed a huge sigh of relief once the taxi drove away.

The rest of the week also went well and in fact the weekend was also extremely positive.

Before the summer holidays Tom was refusing to leave the house and wanted to stay in his pyjamas all day.

However, this weekend he asked to go out with Stephen and on Sunday we all went to the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland, also now known by Tom as ‘the lorry museum’.

We had never been before but thought we would try it out as the boys love cars and lorries, as do all little boys, and I have to say it was a real success.

As soon as Andrew suggested we go there, Tom was asking to get dressed. We had a great time.

There was lots of space to wander around and the boys could happily climb into some of the trucks and buses, as well as an old fire engine.

The highlight for me though, was sitting in the ‘Popemobile’ in fact we all sat in it.

To begin with Tom whizzed around the museum in a blur, trying to take everything in at once and I think we must have gone around at least ten times.

We also went on a ride in an old bus, built I think in 1927, it had been built for King John V. We all sat at the back and enjoyed a scenic tour of Leyland; Tom did not utter a sound.

Needless to say, I think that we will be going there again very soon.