Half term flying visits

One of the immense benefits of having a grandparent less than an hour and a half away is the opportunity to actually have a break from children during half term. I love children, especially my own. However, being able to have one or two days where I can miss them, is actually healthy.

I have had the chance to talk to my husband and spend time with him, without having to keep one eye and ear atuned to what my girls are up to. I don’t have to read through countless redrafts of their 500 words entries nor do I have to follow them with a dustpan and brush while glitter and sparkly things drop on my carpet after a craft activity in a different part of the house.

This said; I miss them. Even after only two or three days away. I enjoy their company and chatter; even though my 9 year old talks so fast I have to ask her to repeat herself constantly.

One of the main things I enjoy about collecting them at the end of their allotted break is finding out what they have done, how many DVDs they have consumed, the experiences they have gained, and on this occasion, the terms they have left behind.

So, thank you Nana for giving me the break I needed and I’m sorry you have been left with a cold you didn’t have last week.

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I could watch him work all evening…

How many of you know what your Significant Other does at work? I have the rare opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal for The Amateur premier of ‘Made in Dagenham’. There is some tight harmony and amazing moves. But what I always love is seeing Tim, my husband, directing the music. He draws out beautiful harmonies and supports the performers where needed; skillfully driving a fine line between moving a number on and ironing out flaws. The brilliant thing with The West Bromwich Operatic Society is that they pick things up so quickly it is never boring at a rehearsal.

I have an ulterior motive for this post; my 9 year old daughter is having her first experience of acting on a big stage. She has done panto and been Gretyl in a production of Sound of Music, but her 15 minutes in Dagenham will be on the Grand Theatre stage in Wolverhampton. She is practising her small part as much as the chorus are doing with their music.

…sometimes it’s  nice to see what your Other Half gets up to at work…

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WBOS are performing ‘Made in Dagenham’ by Arnold and Thomas at the Wolverhampton Grand 24th-28th May. Call 01902 429212.