|I did make it to the Open House though. Cy, 10, and his adorable rock-climbing teacher.|
|A the Open House: Cy's idea for a restaurant, The Drunk'in Elephant |
"Oh gosh" I said airily "I guess I better plan something for the 10 weeks you little rug rats are off"
The reason I don't know anything is because many months ago, in order to relieve the stress, I started deleting all the emails that came from the kids' three schools. (Don't try this at home.) One school has a system that allows parents to "Reply To All." Some emails will garnish 20 very impassioned replies. I have never once in three years joined in, though I've been tempted to do a cat-amongst-the-pigeons Bridget Jones and suggest I'll bring the vodka to any given school event and ask "who's going to bring the orange juice?" (For parents of course, whatdidyouthink?)
Cy has given up on me.
"Mom what am I going to bring to Heritage Day lunch today?" The good Kiwi mother would have made a pavlova with kiwi fruit, a lamb dish, date scones.
We popped into the store at the end of our road. It has British candy which is similar to Kiwi candy.
"Mom" Cy pleaded "it's supposed to be proper food!!!"
This week I understand Harley,16, has had exams. He's been disguising his tension really well - most afternoons he's out playing basketball with friends, of an evenings you can find him out to dinner with friends. Watching TV in between all that. The other morning before an exam I wished him well.
"Can't talk Mama, I'm off to the Egg Shoppe with (list of girls from his Psychology class)." Brave kid. Sniff.
You'd think I'd know everything because my workstation is right there in the kitchen, but instead all I've learned is to block stuff out.
"Harley" I warned him this afternoon "when you go off to College, I'm going to convert your bedroom into an office."
"Don't blame you Mama" said Harley "I'd do the same." No wonder he's progressing so nicely in his Psych class.
You're probably wondering why I've given myself a C- instead of an F. Did you miss the bit about taking Cy for Kiwi candy at 7.30am this morning?