First day of holidays

Gas engineer arrives to deal with boiler problem that seemed to resolve itself shortly after I made appointment; agree that might as well service boiler anyway, and we discuss nursing, greyhounds, and opportunities for recreation in local town (limited).

Younger son still determined to meet friends in town, and goes off in downpour to catch bus (wet weather plans apparently comprise Poundland and Subway). Meanwhile tell elder son that he can do either homework or housework, and remove all electronic equipment from daughter’s bedroom so that she can Concentrate Properly On Revision.

Read a newspaper article some years ago saying that modern parents worry too much about Entertaining The Children and that It Is Not Your Job To Make Every Moment Of Their Life Wonderful. Do sometimes wonder whether I have taken this message rather too much to heart.

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