Thursday, February 25, 2010

Family Fortunes...

Time for a new look at life, I think. Daughter and Grandson are still in residence and we're OK, but the best news is that Grandson has now started school. It's the small Private School (where Hon. Grandaughter goes to school too) which is lovely.
So far, so good. It remains to be seen how long Daughter will be able to afford this, but it is certainly the right thing at the moment. He's very lucky to be getting such loving care and attention, and so let's hope it will last. Perhaps I should set up one of those funds on the Internet which asks for help with Grandson's school fees? A bit cheeky maybe :-)

One step at a time. Tomorrow (Friday) is Daughter's last day at her current job in Leatherhead. This means that she is going in to work tomorrow and then out for drinks and a curry with her workmates. So she won't be home until Saturday morning - and this is further complicated by the fact that her car (the bright red convertible monster) is very sick indeed and needs big money spent on it to put it right. So she has to go to work etc on the train and won't have the car back until Monday or Tuesday. Which means that not only am I on extended babysitting, but I will also be doing all the school runs (and everything else involving transport) until then. Do I sound as if I'm whingeing? I think I do, and I probably am. All I want is a bit of freedom and a social life. It's not that I had a huge amount going on before all this happened two months ago, but at least I could choose what I did with my time. Oh, and did I mention that Daughter has gone out on a date this evening too? No? Maltesers are my comfort and my (fast-disappearing) companions. And before you say it,I know that I'll miss them terribly when they are no longer staying with me. Then I'll be whingeing about not seeing enough of them. There's no pleasing some people.

I have lots of stuff waiting in the wings though - a visit to Aristocratic BF in Sissinghurst, which will be blissful. A trip to London to have a bit of lunch with Son, and maybe do a couple of Galleries. And two London BFs who are asking me to go and stay when I can get away. My Student is here until 20th March, so I probably won't be doing all of that just yet. But it is great to have something to look forward to.

You will be proud of me when I tell you that I have been trying to listen to Chris Evans on Radio 2 in the mornings. Not that I'm doing too well. The most I have managed is half an hour so far - I wonder what Sir Terry Wogan is listening to?


menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

It's getting a balance that makes things great. I know what you mean about it all being heaped upon you in one lump sums but I do understand the 'loss of freedom' stuff you are feeling, perfectly natural. But you have great plans to look forward to and with Spring coming it will be all the better for it.

It's great being needed though!

aims said...

The plans sound wonderful but the instant and constant babysitter would throw me off too after being on my own and enjoying freedom. And yes you are right - you'll miss them when they are gone but you'll eventually get up in the morning when you want and do what you want again.

Hope daughter's new job is a good one.

Working Mum said...

Haven't you seen the TV adverts? Sir Tel is listening to Chris Evans.

Must admit, much as I liked Chris Evan's Drivetime Show, his Breakfast show seems a bit hectic after Sir Tel.

Well, I guess just like you with your daughter and grandson staying, there needs to be a period of adjustment!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, not sure I could stomach Chris Evans in a morning, or any time of day really!!

Do hope your daughter's car starts behaving itself, they are such expensive machines and not at all fun when they break.

CJ xx

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Dear MOB, how right you are! Words of wisdom are definitely your forte. Thanks for your visit and I do hope you are well? M xx

Dear aims, yes, you're right. The best of worlds is the one we have right now! I'm just lucky, I guess. M xx

Hi Working Mum, yes, a period of adjustment is right. And we're mostly having a very good time anyway. M xx

Hi Crystal - not he's not really my cup of tea, but I'm trying!
Daughter's car is still not mended, but should be OK we hope!
M xx

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A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Hi all, any ideas about how to delete the above comment? It looks nasty to me...M xx

Retiredandcrazy said...

I think you are probably about the Chinese comment being nasty. I have a dustbin delete symbol on my comments don't you?

As for your loss of freedom, I could write a book about that. Davy died at Christmas and my granddaughter, her husband and my four greatgrandchildren moved in to keep me company.

I love them to bits, but I am now a glorified "gofa" and babysitter. Part of me longs for the freedom to please myself again but part of me will be bereft when they leave.

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