I thought I'd be sitting around moping this week (as I usually do after any school holiday) but this time my feet have hardly touched the ground.
I happened to be in the school office on Monday morning when they were trying to juggle everything around three teachers being off sick. Suddenly I heard this voice, which sounded very much like mine, saying "If you need any help just call me" and guess what? They did call later that day to ask me to help with two classes and I went into a mini panic. What do you do with waldorf children that can knit, crochet, sew and felt in their sleep? I had a few ideas but none that would only take an hour and a half so in the end I decided to make scotty dogs with them. I have a bunch of these on my dresser and everyone always admires them:
and the children made these for a friend last year:
So yesterday morning I spent two hours - yes, two hours cutting out dog shapes whilst listening to Radio Four:
and then it was a mad dash to school as I'd cut it rather fine. Needless to say that I came home at one and collapsed on the sofa before dashing off to Rohan's piano lesson at four and the supermarket in between. It was a mad day yesterday. I have another class this morning but I'm actually more prepared for this one thank goodness and tomorrow Raj is going to a friend's house so I have the WHOLE day to myself. Hooray. I'm going to sit on the sofa and read The Friday Night Knitting Club me thinks and eat lots of chocolate - I deserve it.
Did I tell you that the hot topic in our house at the moment is shall we get a telly? Now this has been broached before but only half heartedly by Amber but this year it's her and her brother. Rohan wants to watch sport and Doctor Who and hates going up to neighbour's to watch any big matches that are on. Amber wants to watch - well anything I guess but especially banal American crap as we jokingly call it. (It came from Amber's obsession with Friends and Tom said it was just banal A crap. I must tell you that having watched a few episodes he actually likes it which was a bit of a victory for Amber - still the description has stayed).
Anyway, back to angst over getting a telly. Tom and I actually love not having one. We wish we could see the odd programme but on the whole it's lovely without a goggle box in the sitting room. I guess the children are getting to an age where they want to watch things especially if their peers are (Amber is 14 and Rohan is nearly 12). We do watch videos and DVDs but that doesn't seem to be enough for them now (we don't have an aerial to watch telly if you're wondering).
So what do we do? We have children that want to watch telly and adults who don't really care.
I've been asking myself why telly has become an issue and as Amber keeps asking - what's our problem with it? If I'm honest I'm worried that the children will want to watch it all the time so it'll just become another battleground. I also love not having it there as a temptation for me. I'm wondering if I'll want to watch it too! It's bad enough having the computer as a distraction. The other half of me says what's wrong with them watching telly - you did when you were young and look at you now (no wisecracks please!).
We've talked to the children about our feelings and of course they assure us that we can have boundaries and just say No if we don't want them to watch something. Maybe I should ask them to put that in writing. I think if we did get a set then everyone would be obsessed with it at first but maybe that would calm down after a while. But as I said if Amber does end up watching lots is that a problem? I'm sure she'll stop as soon as she gets a social life. I think I'm also worried about the quality of stuff that's on these days. Is any of it really worth watching?
It's funny but on Saturday we had tea with my surrogate parents as I call them (I went out with their son many, many years ago) and we were telling them that we might get a telly. They were really surprised and told us that they always told their friends about our family that had no telly and did and made such lovely things. You should have seen Amber's face - she's doesn't want to be that sort of family these days.
So what do you think? Any advice? Is telly really that bad in England? If you have teenagers is it possible to have boundaries and stick to them? Am I making too much of this (I have a real knack for making a drama into a crisis)? Do you wish you didn't have a telly? Will it end up dominating our lives? I'd love to hear your views on the subject ...........
PS No news yet I'm afraid and also Amber's dress was the princely sum of NINE pounds in case you're wondering.