Last year as I worked from home, my kids morphed into an X-box accessory. I dreamed of having a summer off with them some time, be careful what you wish for! Since I got the nod that my time was up – I have been re-iterating this point to anyone who would listen – mainly ‘mammy’s’ at school; women in the library; and more recently the butcher. ‘It’s great being off with the kids’!
Well in reality it is! I have laughed more, snuggled more, played more, made crafts more, made paper mache more, swam more and enjoyed being a parent the most I ever have in my life!
Our personal favourite is playing water pistols in the garden – of course my natural ability at combat stems from my personal survival in The Troubles! Honest to god – I lived a quiet life in a rural antrim – but do you think there is any mileage in that angle?
I learned 20 years ago while living in NZ that ‘ It wasn’t that bad’ translates into boredom for the listeners! So I quickly upped the anti and bigged-up some experiences, well fabricated some of them – and the result was amazing!
20 stone Maori women who threatened more timid members of staff, started to offer me seats – everyone looked at me in a new light.
So now I have perfected the ‘I survived the war, single-handedly’ and so far it has served me well.
So as I taught my son to ‘take cover’, ‘hide when re-loading’ and ‘never give up even if the enemy looks dead’ – I realised that maybe there were some positives to growing up in warn-torn Ulster – okay, okay, I remember, I told you the truth.
Better go – today we are discussing battle technique as we storm his toy fort. Later we are using SAM’s (Surface to Air Missles) on his military fort – lego of course.