I have been a school mum now for almost a whole school year and life feels very natural for the routine we have. I love it more than I ever thought, and other than the odd day when he is tired, Ethan too thoroughly enjoys going to school and participating in all it has to offer him and his new school mates. We like it so much, as Megan approaches her start date this September, we have feelings of more of excitement than sadness. But there is one big beef I have about school and that is the uniform…well not even all of it, just the colour of white for the polo shirts. Its a lovely uniform, but is such a struggle to keep it so…Maybe its a boy thing, or maybe its just a “my child” thing, but white polo shirts for school have quickly become the bain of my life as Ethan not only goes through one a day, but they ALWAYS seem to come out of the wash still looking grubby and far from the pristine, lovely uniform he set out in earlier in the school year!
Monday mornings are a slow start at the best of times, so it was pretty crazy this Monday when in a mad rush (and resentfully I might add), we had to buy Ethan some new school Tshirts as his others, despite being washed over the weekend were just gross and not very wearable…more grey than white, stained with anything from oil (?) to tomato based sauces from school and paint. I have bleached them, washed them in “especially for whites” detergents on hot washes and hung them in the sun for a whole day, only to find the grubby fronts still dominate the look and I just don’t know why?! Is it because they are supermarket ones? Should I have spent more? He has his M&S one in his PE Kit and that seems totally fine, but then again he isn’t wiping his dinner or grubby hands down it on a daily basis!
I was hoping, being optimistic and because I’m a bit tight too, that the uniform we bought him back in September would have seen him through til the end of the school year. I hoped that the upkeep of a school uniform would be no more demanding than that of laundering all of our other clothes. The sizing is still fine, his trousers, shorts and clarks shoes all worn yes, but in great, wearable condition still, even his socks look good and have no holes…but his blooming white polo shirts – stained, broken buttons and IN THE BIN as I write! So close to the end of the school year, but they just didn’t make it!
I am hoping now that this new pack will see him through these last few weeks, though even then I am not so sure as he is outdoors more and wearing a jumper less. I guess when September roles around and Megsie joins him in her little uniform, we will see if hers come back in the same state and we have a repeat of the grubby white polo shirts!!!! All I know is if this is my life for the next 10yrs I might actually go mad…White polo shirts, you look good, but its not a lasting relationship!
Do your kids wear white for school? How do you find it?