Am I the only parent in the world who looks forward to the school holidays? I was in a shop the other day, buying children’s things, and a brief conversation was struck up with the assistant.
“I can’t wait for the holidays” I said.
“Ooh, are you going somewhere nice” asked Assistant
“No,” said I, “I’m just really looking forward to spending some time with my children”.
She looked at me aghast. “You are the first person I’ve heard who’s said that. Everyone else has been in here moaning about how much they’re dreading the school holidays. That’s really nice.”
My only problem with the holidays is finding childcare for the days when I’m obliged to be elsewhere. During term time, everything is such a rush; rushing to school, trying to remember all the thousands of things they seem to need and all the insidious and constant amounts of money requested for this and that, rushing to clubs, rushing to finish dinner before choir/scouts/football, trying to get them in bed at a sensible time.
I love the holidays because we don’t have to get up so early and we can stay up late watching a film and eating chocolate because we can sleep in. I love going places with them or just staying in and chatting or playing a game. I like being able to have their friends round without being stressed to the gills because I’ve got too many other things to do and therefore resent their presence. I like having the time to do cooking with them or ‘crafty’ things. Also, we really get our moneysworth out of our English Heritage and National Trust cards and, with English Heritage, I can take a couple of their friends along as well.
This last term has been a nightmare. We have moved house, tried to negotiate the financial minefield that comes with moving, failed to get the house into a decent state yet which is driving me insane, started the long, arduous and stressful business of trying to get Boy the Elder into another school (as yet unsuccessfully) and watched my car slowly deteriorating because I have no money to repair it. Oh, and whilst this is all going on, I have been trying to lay the groundwork for a new business using a computer that was run by one-legged, shell-shocked goblins. I’m sure I’m no worse off than anyone else, but it’s all been a bit of a slog.
The Boys and I are knackered and I cannot wait for Friday afternoon and the start of the six week summer break.