This morning our 9 year old got herself up, went to play with our 2 year old, changed his nappy and got him dressed. Then she came in to see me. ‘You can have a lie in,’ she announced, ‘I’ve got him dressed and now I’m going to get him some breakfast.’
There comes an age when looking after children seems to get a bit easier, and I think we’ve just struck it. This same child came home from school one day last week completely enthusiastic about what she had been doing. She had learned three new French words, and maths had been interesting enough to tell me about the whole lesson. For five years I have been trying to get her to tell me about her day, and she never really has. Suddenly, I got the conversation I had almost given up on. I think a big thank you needs to go to her teachers for enthusing her so much.
I had a bit of a lie in and I truly enjoyed it because it was unexpected, much appreciated – and definitely worthy of recording here.