Seven weeks of summer continues – well, I can’t exactly hold it back, can I? But, here’s the thing that happens every year (you’d think I would learn, but apparently not, as I am surprised every time. That said, I always worry that the Von Traps won’t escape when I watch the Sound of Music again, so it’s hardly out of character. Unlike Mr Rhubarbcrumble, who can identify any film within its first twenty seconds and then give me a plot synopsis.)
Oh, yeah, the thing – the thing is that summer vanishes before your eyes. I made a chart of weeks left, so we could plan going to visit my parents and have pals over and that kind of thing, and when I finished, it was scary… factor in a holiday away from base camp and there are hardly any days left! This is scary and comforting in equal measure.
Nevertheless, here we go:
Week 2, day 4: a trip to the library
Time taken: Fifteen paltry minutes – probably we would have stayed longer, but the library was closing (“…and we don’t get paid for that” remarked the slightly tetchy librarian)
Fun quotient: very high. Big sister loves books with a passion and is a proud and avid reader, so she’s in her element. Plus she’s signed up for the holiday reading scheme which has stickers and a chart and bonus points for completing missions. I think if you do it all, you get a secret message pen which she is very excited about. I really do need to chase up a copy of Harriet the Spy for this kid. Miss Small loves books but she also loves climbing on chairs and typing on computers, which in the past has crashed the library system and we got told off. She did get to stamp her own books, though. And at least she didn’t pee in story corner this time…
Maternal stress levels (not measured in decibels here, obviously!): generally pretty low, other than trying to rein in Miss Small. Oh and being tortured by being in a library but not really getting to look at books for myself. In fact, of the three that I grabbed off the shelves in passing (literally), one I have definitely read before and another I probably have read but am pretending to myself that I haven’t so I can enjoy it again.