“I expect you’re winding down now it’s nearly the end of term,” someone said to me the other day.
I paused for a moment. Winding down?
Like a lot of parents I’ve had a few extras on recently. Extras such as:
- Cheering on the children at sports’ day
- Attending parents’ meetings at the children’s new schools for next year – and trying to remember all the DOs and DON’Ts
- Manning a stall at the school fayre on a hot July afternoon
- Being the proud parent at the school play
- Taxiing the children to and from one-off summer sporting events at other schools
- Figuring out how to order that precious end-of-year class photo online
- Walking around the school field at a snail’s pace with my toddler at his end-of-term sponsored charity ‘Toddle Waddle’. Every time we reached what I thought was the finishing line he shouted excitedly: ‘AGAIN, AGAIN!’
- Remembering to go to the cashpoint so I can contribute to the teacher thank-you collections going around the children’s classes
- Reading and digesting the children’s reports – and mulling over what to write on the reply slip
- Frantically filling in forms and writing cheques for summer holiday camps and clubs.
“Well”, I reply, very politely.
“I suppose winding down’s one way of looking at it…”