Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Half Term

Kids these days, eh? They seem to spend less time at school than ever. I remember in my day we were lucky to get a weekend off for half term - and we had about a week's worth of homework that had to be handed in as soon as we got back. Now it's all about taking some time off - a whole week - and just chilling.

Or to be more accurate, running up and down stairs screaming at your sister, playing tuneless noises on a recorder over and over again, watching the telly at full volume. Being loud.

Yes, it's that wonderful time again when the girls living next door (or to be more accurate, just the other side of the party wall against which my desk sits) are not picked up at half past eight by the bus and whisked away to be educated, but instead spend the whole day at home. And to add to their fun, their step-sister has come to stay.

Why are girls so noisy? And why can't they concentrate on just one thing for more than a minute? I've got headphones on and the music up loud just to try and blot it all out. And even then I can feel the ruckus through the floorboards from time to time.

Ah well, at least I've got some new tunes to listen to, courtesy of a good friend who has just sent me No Cool Bone by Diane French - very soothing, good writing music.

Now all I've got to do is get on with the writing...


Blogger M. G. Tarquini said...

No summer vacation for the kiddies in your neck of the woods? My kids are about to start theirs. Time to dial up the YMCA and see if I can still get them into their day camps. Can't let them wander around in summer. Phoenix is a big city and the temps can reach 118 during the day. Best get them skateboarding early morning, then into pottery making and indoor swimming during the hottest parts.

May 30, 2006 3:05 pm  
Blogger JamesO said...

Oh, Summer holidays will be upon us all too soon. Then I can look forward to months of hell. I swear terms get shorter and shorter every year - I used not to break up until my birthday, which is the end of July.

May 30, 2006 3:23 pm  
Blogger Anonymous City Girl said...

Over here it seems the school year stretches long than when I was in school.
That being said, I still cringe when the little monsters start roaming the city unescorted.

May 30, 2006 3:44 pm  
Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Terms do get shorter. Easter vacation, Pentecost vacation, summer vacation, autumn vacation, Christmas vacation, midterm vacation, spring vacation ... and the former east German counties have skiing vacations in February.

No wonder most kids are barely literate and need a calculator to sum 1 + 2.

But they can kill incredible amounts of monsters on the computer.

May 30, 2006 7:34 pm  

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