- My daughter's kindi teacher turned up at work with a HANGOVER on Monday
- She was dumb enough to tell one of the parents
Needless to say I'm feeling that there is a situation brewing that is going to end badly.
The whole hangover thing was not helped by the fact this teacher had told most of us in our interviews that our children were average. Yes. AVERAGE. I was actually fairly philosophical about this, Miss 5 is, well, 5 and being told that she is not going to be an A student this year didn't overly bother me. No. What mattered to me was that she was a happy, much loved member of the class. Always first to lend a hand and keen to answer a question however randomly. I mean, yanno, she's FIVE.
Still, listening to the other mums chatting about how much reading and writing work they do with their kids at home got under my skin. I ended up feeling that I was letting Miss 5 down a little bit but just reading the books that come home from school and then letting her watch Superhero Squad and other drivel. So after coffee I whisked myself into Borders and bought an armload of learn-to-write books.
Then I sped home and spent a few hours polishing an assignment for Uni - oh after a brief skirmish with the snotty man in the hardware shop WHICH I WON and left with the staples I wanted and carried the bag of sugarcane mulch to the car all by myself. Rargh.
Next it was back to a cafe. Miss 4 had Grandparents day today, and I met up with Mumndad after it was all over for a full report and restorative coffees for them. Grandparent's Day is something of an ordeal. If you're not being entertained by your offspring's offspring singing in French and Mandarin, then you're donating books to the library or being chatted up about making bequests.
Then home again with the kids where I presented them with their new books (got some for Miss 4 just so she wouldn't feel left out).
WELL. They leapt upon them, loved them to bits and it was only after two hours that they started to flag with all the letter copying and matching balloons and playing spot the difference. I started to flag after about ten minutes, but was kept on track by them both, answering question after question and trying to explain all sorts of tricky things (like why is that fish purple?) and frankly oh my god it was exhausting. The moment hubby arrived home I scarpered to water the garden and just give my poor overworked brain a chance to rest for a moment.
Holy hell. It was a nice afternoon, but I'm looking forward to the novelty value wearing off. Not sure how much more of this I can take. :)