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ON A LIGHTER NOTE / RENÉ CONNELLY

Back to school – The good, the bad & the ugly

      IT’S A NEW YEAR AND THE BACK TO SCHOOL CLOCK IS TICKING. AS WITH MANY OTHER SITUATIONS IN LIFE THE GEN
      POP IS DIVIDED INTO THOSE WHO ARE VERY HAPPY TO SEE THEIR LITTLE BUNDLES BACK AT SCHOOL AND THOSE
      WHO WISH THEY COULD HANG ON TO THE HOLIDAY JUST A WEE WHILE LONGER. HONESTLY, BOTH ‘SCHOOLS OF
      THOUGHT’ HAVE THEIR MERITS AND IT MUST BE SAID THAT THERE IS NO CLEAR CUT VICTOR. LET’S PLAY DEVIL’S AD-
      VOCATE SHALL WE AND HAVE A BRIEF LOOK AT THE PROS AND CONS OF GETTING THE CLAN BACK TO SCHOOL.

                                                                                                             Enjoy thehomework and
                                                                                                             especially those pesky projects.

Right off the bat, the pros loom large on the ho-      cool and shouts and screeches like a banshee be-      educational powers that be because rules are
rizon (not that I’m at all biased). No more tripping   fore things start happening.                          rules. Closely on the heels of the stationary shop
over Xbox cords and discarded plates filled with                                                             is our old friend, the school uniform shop. If your
half eaten snacks, strewn across the living room       Ah, mealtimes, another one of those classic           children are growing as fast as mine are, then
floor. No more “Mom, I’m bored!” or “Mom…John-         areas on which a whole genre of books can be          you are in for a bit of a shock. I strongly feel that
ny broke my new toy” or in the event of the drea-      written. And to make it extra challenging, the-       Christmas and the new school year are way too
ded teenage years, “Mom, I need a lift to town         re are three or four mealtimes to cater for now       close to each other on the calendar. The finances
and can I have some money?” Then there are the         (round the clock at our casa), seeing as everyone     take a seriously negative dip by the time the little
post-midnight calls that leave you feeling a bit       is in attendance 24/7. Yes, as stated previously,     ones are kitted out and ready to gain knowledge.
like a taxi service instead of a cherished parent to   the benefits of getting the little bundles back to    There’s going to be an ugly revolt about this very
make you long for school time curfew bliss. Lest       school are endless.                                   soon people!
we forget my personal favourite – the sleepover.
Not too much of an issue when you have one             Now, a look at the cons of back to school. It’s just  Morning on D-day finally breaks. Armed with
child only, but when you are the proud parent of       short of a week before school starts and it’s time    a crow bar (to pry them from their beds) and a
two or more youngens, things tend to escalate.         to check up on the stationary status of things. Of    stern voice you approach the rooms where the
                                                       course a fresh, detailed list was included in the     not so bright eyed and bushy tailed scholars are
Is it my imagination or does the annual summer         report envelope of last year – now where did          still fast asleep. After much ‘affirmative debating’
school holiday turn our once productive, conside-      you put it? Several phone calls later you finally     (aka screeching from parents), everyone is up
rate little blessings into lazy, uncooperative little  find yourself clutching said list. How hard can it    and good to go. All that is left to do is organise
slobs? No? Maybe it’s just me. Perhaps at your         be right? After all, if you can survive six weeks of  the packed lunches (I have decided that due to
house they help with the dishes and feeding of         non-stop parenting merriment, you can survi-          space issues I won’t even deal with this Pando-
pets and maybe they even hang up their towels          ve a back to school stationary shop. Yippers, no      ra’s Box) and then a few blissful hours will be all
every time they swim. It’s quite possible that my      problemo. Oh and just in case there are those of      yours again. As you drop your darlings at school
house is the only one where dirty clothes never        you out there who are under the mistaken im-          and watch them wave goodbye in the rear view
make it to the washing hamper or where clean           pression that the books of last year, hardly used,    mirror, a lump develops in your throat. No matter
clothes are jammed into the hamper because it’s        can be reused this year – think again. New year,      what side of the fence you find yourself on, back
much easier than packing it away. I’m quite open       new books. No recycling encouraged here, oh no.       to school has the good, the bad and the ugly wri-
to the possibility you see. Or perhaps it’s only at    Forget those pesky rain forest annihilation issues    tten all over it. Chin up!
our home that the water bottles and ice trays          right now. No point in trying to rehash the sug-
never get refilled unless the old dragon loses her     gestions raised in ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ to the

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