The residential school trip

Just before the kids broke up for the Christmas break, Mrs Adams and I received an email from Helen and Izzy’s school. It was a very simple message, but my heart has been aching ever since.

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Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off on a residential school trip my daughter goes.
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Throwing away my youth

I unlocked the padlock, swung-open the metal door and peered into the poorly-lit storage unit. My heart immediately sank when I saw what was in there. The first thing to catch my eye among the carefully stacked boxes was a plastic shopping basket filled with the most random selection of items ever collected in one small space. There was an ancient tin of shaving foam, two bow ties, a pair of thick woolen socks I’d never worn, some old letters and, bizarrest of all, a Wendy and Lisa LP.

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Me, striking a daft pose while wearing the shirt I wore on my very last day of school (yes, it still fits!). Covered in rather horrible messages, I have thrown it out, something I should have don years ago.

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Forty things I didn’t do before I was forty

Over the past few months, I’ve seen numerous comments on social media from people preparing for significant birthdays. I’ve also seen a few “30 / 40 / 50 things to do before you’re 30 / 40 / 50 (delete as applicable) type articles.

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Having read many article detailing what people would like to do before they’re 40, I’ve put together an alternative list of things I have failed to achieve.

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Help! My kid needs emergency dental treatment!

Following half-term, I hoped this week would be reasonably quiet and that the family would return to its usual routine. This turned out to be a massively naive wish as I instead found myself receiving a crash course in emergency dental treatment.

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This week was supposed to be a little more relaxed. Instead I’ve had a crash course is seeking emergency dental treatment.

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A fan of the JoJo Bow? Afraid not.

Don’t tell my eldest daughter Helen, but I don’t like JoJo Bows. This puts me in an awkward position because Helen is something of a fan.

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The JoJo Bow. Merely looking at this picture is doing bad things to my bloog pressure.

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