The broken toe and the drama performance
Jul25

The broken toe and the drama performance

There’s never a good time to break your toe, but when my son broke his toe on the day of his school drama performance, that felt like a really bad time. Of course, he really, really wanted to do the drama performance. He’d been working hard on it for the past couple of weeks. But, as he could barely walk, he was going to struggle to dance. He reluctantly agreed to miss it that day, but was most definitely going to do the...

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The broken toe and football without shoes
Jul18

The broken toe and football without shoes

I was at home, deeply embroiled in work (which isn’t something which happens much these days), when the phone rang. My younger son’s school. This is the first time they’ve ever rung me. In my experience, schools only ring for one reason (or maybe two, if you count injuries and illnesses separately). And as the woman was talking… Football without shoes… I was just thinking – get to the point! What...

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The crutch
Feb27

The crutch

Right now, my daughter can’t walk very well. The cold foot incident left her limping. She walked slowly and uncomfortably. It was tiring for her. I had to carry her a lot. Luckily, she’s pretty light and I’m sure that being a dancer helps her arrange herself in a way which makes her perfectly balanced and easy to carry. But I worried about how she would cope when she went back to school. There would be nobody to...

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