Suddenly, everything is different. After years of being out of the education system, my older son is happy at his new school and is expected to do well in his exams. He has just turned 16, which seems extraordinary.
My younger son is also at a new school and comes home full of
enthusiasm, eager to tell us how he has spent his day. The school seems
to be preparing its pupils for a forthcoming disaster, as there is a
strong emphasis on crafts, woodcraft and self-sufficiency, but I've
never seen a classroom with so many happy children. Other schools could
On the downside, my business is slowly dying -
partly because I have to spend a sizeable chunk of the day ferrying my
sons around, but also because I'm struggling to find a supplier. Two
years ago, it was relatively easy to find stock, but the recycling
industry is under far more pressure and separating old books is now
regarded as too time consuming.
But even that isn't the end of the world, as
my wife has just managed to secure a job in a publishing company. If we continue to live frugally we should survive.
As for me, I
will try to juggle the demands of the school run, maintaining my
business and running a house, however I realise that this is a normal day for thousands of
working mothers, so I won't be expecting a special badge. As long as I
have a strict routine, it should be straightforward enough.
my darker moments, I worry about what I'll be doing in a few years'
time, but that's an utterly pointless activity. The important thing is
to focus on the present and make the most of it.
On the subject of making the most of the present, here's another batch of photos that I uploaded to Instagram recently. It's just a random selection of shots of East Sussex, but they all capture different aspects of the things I like about the local area at this time of year: