Clothes are washed, tickets purchased, suitcase agreed upon and parents briefed.
We’re in the final countdown for the first kid-free week we’ve had since the ManChild burst into out lives a little over 15 years ago.
Next Saturday, I’ll be one of 70 or more parents waving goodbye as our offspring head off for a school trip in
. And though
it’s not the first time we’ve been apart, it’ll be the first time he’ll be away
for days and not in the company of anyone he’s related to. Italy
Of course, he can’t wait. He’ll be with his friends, herded noisily by a brave band of volunteer teachers through the streets
Rome, and Pompei (yes, I
AM jealous). No doubt he’ll have a blast, not get enough sleep, eat too much
junk food, forget to clean his teeth, and return to us with a suitcase bulging
with badly packed, smelly unmentionables. Naples
It’s a Rite of Passage - but not for him.
I, on the other hand, will be counting the minutes til he arrives back home full of cappuccinos, pasta al dente and tales of unlikely alliances formed during the trip to Bella Italia.
I’m a reasonable woman, and I hope not a clingy parent. I know he’s responsible and sensible and won’t come to any harm. I’m sure he won’t fall foul of mobsters in a dark alley in
Napoli. I’ve sworn not to
flood him with text messages. And I’m pretty sure that he won’t be invited to
any Bunga-Bunga parties.
I shall smile bravely and say how lucky they are as the coach pulls away from the school. I shall be the very model of an easy-going mum. But inside, it will be a very different story.
Tell me, why do our kids have to reach these milestones on their way to becoming adults just as the Pre-menopause Fairy is sprinkling hormone dust over me as I sleep? Isn’t it enough having to deal with my little darling turning into a monosyllabic moocher with more mood swings than a playground, without me going through my own little dance?
So, think of me next Saturday.
Or perhaps you should spare a thought for my hapless hubby as I juggle the joys of fluctuating hormones and missing my little monster?