A Scots mum has shared hilarious before and after photos of her daughter’s first day of school – which saw the youngster completely floored by all the excitement of starting her journey in primary education.
Stacey McCullagh said she was “emotional but happy” to wave four-year-old Lyla off on her first day in primary one at St Mark’s Primary School in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire on Wednesday.
But the 40-year-old was left in fits of giggles when she arrived home later that afternoon to find the girl conked out on the doorstep after what had apparently been a draining and tiresome first day.
In the photos, which were shared with the Record, Lyla is pictured in the morning looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed while dressed immaculately in her new uniform, ready for a day of fun.
But in another image, taken at the end of the day, the school-starter can be seen catching flies on the front porch while looking slightly dishevelled, with her bag thrown to the side and her head resting on her sister’s lap, who grins into the camera.
Stacey told the Record: “I felt a bit of mixed emotions because Lyla is my youngest and so it’s the last time I’ll get to do the first day of primary school.
“I was excited for her to go in, though, because she hadn’t stopped talking about it all summer. She kept saying she didn’t want to go to nursery anymore, she was ready for school.
“I think if she had been upset, it would have been different for me.”
Stacey and her older daughter, Lucy Ann, 17, picked Lyla up from school that day, with the child moaning the whole way home that she was “so tired”.
When the family arrived at the house, Stacey realised she had lost her house keys, and so left Lyla and Lucy Ann on the drive for a few minutes while she went to meet the person who had found them.
But when she returned, Stacey was gobsmacked to see Lyla had passed out. Stifling her laughter, Stacey managed to wake the wee one up for long enough to take her in the house where she slept for a further hour and a half on the couch.
When Stacey asked Lyla what she had done at school to make her so exhausted, Lyla said she had “played with sand.”
Impressively, Lyla was able to get up fine for school the next morning, but sadly fell and skinned her knee in the playground. When she arrived home, Lyla told her mum that her knee was sore, and asked if she could stay off school.
Stacey added: “I told her she couldn’t, but we did put plasters and various band aids on her knee to make her feel better. The whole thing has given us a good laugh.”