Classical music agony aunt ALICE McVEIGH
and a reader are both frazzled at half-term ...
I am a frazzled mum at half-term, and (you guessed it) it is raining. What on earth can I do to stop my two kids driving each other (and me) crazy?
Violinist, Herts, UK
I know, I know. Bad enough that you go increasingly cross-eyed as you get higher and higher (unlike sensible stringed instruments), and now this!!!!!!!!!!
This is how to manage your little problem -- Of course, not everyone has my special organisational skills, but -- even though you never ever get to completely FINISH anything in half-term week -- this is what you can perhaps ASPIRE to:
Copyright © 29 October 2004
Alice McVeigh, Kent, UK
- Shove the washing in the washing machine
- Brilliantly forget to put the washing powder in
- Rescue the phone from your child, who is desperate to answer it though not to tidy her room, practise her tenor horn, or get out from under your feet
- Have a go at the kitchen hob for a whole two minutes before
- Rescuing the phone from child (as above)
- Forget that she had 'helped' you make brownies and discover, with the aid of a smoke detector, that you have burned them
- Console the 'cook' with another batch of brownies, most of which winds up on her prettiest dress (she will wear nothing else, in case she fails to look 'princessy' enough
- Have a go at the hob again (it has a sticky tar-like substance on it that you suspect may be uneradicatable
- Remember the brownied prettiest dress, and discover you are out of stain remover
- Rescue the phone from child
- Discover that the phone IS for the child
- Stomp back to the hob until you suddenly -- just in time -- remember the brownies ...
- ... which have failed to rise yet, so you slam the oven door shut before Rachel notices
- You remember that you're working that evening and quickly wash your hair
- There is someone at the door, a totally unexpected pupil, who you reassure that yes, of COURSE you were expecting them
- Which is probably why you have dripping wet hair, a tar-like substance on your hands and brownie mix on your clothes and no make-up on
- The brownies are done
- You assure daughter that only the best brownies sink in the middle, although your pupil helpfully points out that HERS never do
- You teach child, failing to rescue the phone in the process. You later discover that Rachel has told a double-glazing salesperson that she didn't know that they'd better RING BACK and told your best friend that you'd thought she'd put on a lot of weight recently, or so she'd heard me tell Simon
- Your hair has failed to dry properly because of the pupil so you set about drying it but of course you never get to finish it because ...