My eldest daughter has just said something to me. It was a very simple choice of words, but it showed that, every now and again, I need to rethink my priorities.
If you can picture the scene, a very busy weekend is on the horizon. It’s the weekend immediately after Helen, my eldest, will have returned to school and started in Year One.
As luck would have it, my brother-in-law’s birthday party is taking place in Scotland that very weekend. It’s a significant party, the kind you don’t want to miss.
To muddy the waters further, I have a long-standing engagement in the diary for the Sunday and following Monday. This means I can’t attend the party but had suggested my wife take our toddler and leave me at home with the eldest.
This seemed like the most straightforward suggestion. Having returned to school, our eldest would be tired and a little stressed. She wouldn’t really need the upset of catching a flight to Scotland or a late night at a party. Out toddler, meanwhile, doesn’t have the pressure of school and the Scottish family would be just as grateful to see her as Helen.
My wife had other ideas. She wanted to take Helen “because she’d get more out of it” being older. My wife had already looked into flight prices for the two of them. I wasn’t convinced this was a good idea, in fact I still think it’s a crazy idea, but I’d explained to my wife exactly what I thought. On her head be it.
A short while ago I received an email from my wife. She had booked the flight tickets. I went and told Helen that she was going to the party “with mummy.”
Her face lit up. She responded with the following killer statement;
“That’s good daddy. I’ll get to spend some time with mummy. It’s sad that I don’t get to see so much of mummy.”
Yes, she’ll return to school totally knackered after a late night and the stress of travelling. Whatever homework is set that weekend will almost certainly remain uncompleted.
As I’ve already said, I think the idea is totally hatstand, but sometimes what I think doesn’t matter. Helen will get to spend time with her mother and that has made her a very happy young girl.
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