To be honest, I am really not feeling the “Joy of Parenting” at the moment. More the “Deep Stress of Parenting”. Or if I’m really honest, the “Fuck This, I’ve had enough of parenting”.
For a start, I seem to have lost all my children. Which is what happens when they get a bit older and annoyingly start to have a life of their own, in which you as their mother seem to play a very minor role.
So, just as a reminder (mostly to myself) of where they all are (because I keep waking up in a bit of a cold sweat wondering what’s happening and who I’ve locked out), here is a brief update.
SON NUMERO UNO
Finished his finals. Worked incredibly hard so is now conversely playing incredibly hard. Fair enough. Arrived back at mine on Sunday afternoon feeling extremely hungover. Couldn’t work out if he was hungry or needed to be sick and therefore (mainly because he’s a boy), he did both. Ate loads and then threw up. Three times. Do they never learn?
At 3.30am yesterday a taxi arrived to take him to the airport with a mate. They’re off on a football trip to Bulgaria that apparently involves no football. At all. No games of football on a football trip. That’s a first. It appears that when they all agreed to go on a football tour they put their priorities in order. Top of the list is that the beer is 20p a pint and they’re staying in a really cheap hostel, which therefore meant that actually playing football dropped to the bottom of the list on account of how rubbish they would be feeling every day. So I guess they agreed to cut their losses right at the beginning and not book any games. Maybe they do learn after all?
DAUGHTER NUMERO TWO
She is in Portugal with a girlfriend and her family. I have had a few text updates from her – seems to be fine. Hopefully coming back tomorrow at some point, I’m not sure and then off again to stay with some friends a few days later. Really can’t keep up with her plans.
SON NUMBERO TROIS
He has end of year exams. So at school and relatively in my sights, but weekends are now only for friends with the odd reluctant nod to family and household. I remember that age so well, when parents were just annoyingly in the way all the time.
Here is a video he has just shown me which he agrees with wholeheartedly. Great. Just what us parents need to be flying around the internet gaining like after like. It’s called “Why I Hate School But Love Education”:-