A Day Filled with Interesting Times.


Proudly displayed at a braai on Saturday evening — one of the par of earrings Jeneva’s piercing in the morning now allowed her to wear. She has been working towards that reward for weeks!

From the moment my special cat M fled screaming under our wardrobe at five a.m. pursued by Katie, one of the bully-cats from the Main House, I might have known that this would not be a day of peacefulness and rest. After I had shooed Katie into the middle distance and pacified M, sleep eluded me. Finally, I got up and prepared for my six-monthly visit to the ophthalmologist to control glaucoma and dry eyes. Much Better Half accompanied me.

Then we learnt that young Jeneva had suffered another ‘episode’ at school, and messages flowed as to whether to collect her or not. Finally, we learnt that she had gone back to class, so continued across to the other side of Death Valley to visit the opthal-wotsit lady.
The usual session of musical chairs revealed that the condition is under control. Sight in one eye has deteriorated ever so slightly; nevertheless, my spectacles of the last several years will still serve.

We then repaired to Sister-in-Law’s place to wait out the time before going to the kids’ squad swimming. There, we got a message that a second episode had occurred, so we dashed to the school and had the gates opened for us to drive in and collect J from the front door.

Thence to our family doctor, who gave her a full examination and diagnosed that these new fits had probably been brought on/exacerbated by an attack of gastro. Home, and I just had time to relocate my sole surviving chiming clock (with a spring that has not sproinged) on a shelf in direct view from the computer, before Rhiannon got back and I took her to Club Swimming from 4 to 5.

J suffered yet another episode when her mother got back, so we will have to see what the doctor says now . . .

Almost as soon as R and I returned from swimming, her mother and I had to go to an orientation meeting at the school, for us to meet and have the law laid down for us by R’s Grade Five Form Mistress. I took the opportunity to express strong disapproval of an  Education Department policy she announced that no holidays may be taken during term times. ‘Who is the Department,’ I demanded indignantly, ‘to deny parents the right to give the enormously valuable learning experience of an overseas trip, for example, at the only time an employer is able or willing to grant the leave?’  Not within her control, of course. The Ed. Dept. is far too stupid and dictatorial to be tolerated.

Then I had to help R by checking her maths homework and try and stay patient while I explained that writing numbers in descending/ascending order as asked for did not equate with numbering them 1,2,3 etc in such sequences, as she had done.

© January 2019 Colonialist
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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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11 Responses to A Day Filled with Interesting Times.

  1. Debra says:

    I’m hoping along with everyone else that Miss J receive the very best care and that you will all be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Anytime one of our children or grandchildren is waiting for medical care it is hard to be patient–at least that’s my experience! I love the way you stand up to the educators with your very excellent rebuttal to the new school recess guidelines. You make too much sense for anyone to really listen! 🙂

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  2. Calmgrove says:

    I can only hope everything gets resolved as soon as possible and to everyone’s immense satisfaction—what a horrible succession of episodes for all of you.

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  3. Sjoe, dit was ‘n riller van ‘n dag!

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  4. Why ask ? Why tell? to hell with them, If you want to go on holidays and take the children then go, They can’t arrest you and stop you or can they?

    You’re in South Africa, anythings possible.

    J looks so well and healthy in that picture; is it possible that something at school is causing the problem. other children or teachers? . Something there playing, on her mind and body perhaps.

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  5. gipsika says:

    Col, so sorry to hear about J! I’m hoping fervently that she outgrows it, whatever is causing it.

    Re the Department… what they expect flies in the face of the Universal Bill of Human Rights. Parents have the primary right to decide on their children’s education.

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