Almost too tired to think tonight, but I thought today’s events were worth getting down as it’s the first time things went pear-shaped on the school run.
Not badly pear-shaped, but…enough.
It’s the third day of the proper school run now; none of this half-day working from home meandering up to nursery then back to drop ‘Lays at school, no sirree bob. It’s the full monty now.
This morning didn’t see any single great problem, but rather a litany of small ones: a particularly nasty pooh by the eBub, an only slightly-less-helpful-than-usual Millie, a couple of minutes longer wait for the bus and a tiny bit more traffic than normal on the roads, so that we managed to miss our train from Sidcup back to Albany Park.
What’s annoying is that we so very nearly made it.
Leaving nursery I put Millie on my shoulders and powered down the hill in full and certain knowledge that we were behind schedule, and at Sidcup shops we saw our train just pulling into the station.
Now, I want some kudos here, because I ran hundred metres mostly uphill, under a bridge and through some ticket barriers all with a four-year-old child laughing hysterically on my shoulders. For someone who seldom runs 100 metres in an entire month that’s a goddamn Olympic performance!
Sadly, it wasn’t quite enough: I crashed into the side of the train literally as the doors closed, gaining sympathetic glances from the departing passengers and a question from Millie as to what the word “S**t” meant.
We had 20 minutes till school started and 18 till the next train. A lucky bus might have gotten us there in time, but I wasn’t feeling especially lucky.
So we caught a taxi. 🙂
At the time Millie seemed decidedly underwhelmed by the experience of travelling like a grown-up in a car (i.e., without a booster seat), but the Lovely Melanie tells me she talked of nothing else when picked up from school that evening.
And when I eventually got into work (there were – of course! – rail delays on the way into town) I had an unexpected email telling me I was to conduct a job interview in two hours time.
I’ve never interviewed anyone for a job before.
Today feels like it’s been a long day – in fact, I’m amazed that everything I’ve recounted above happened just this morning.