Chauffeur, chaperone

These days I spend a lot of time ferrying my kids back and forth between various activities in the evenings and at weekends. I mind that less than I expected to. For one thing it’s another, brief opportunity to get one of the kids on their own for a chat away from homework, play and tv.

For another it’s often amusing or gratifying to see them engaging in these activities: learning, making new friends, etc.

Or sometimes it just allows me a little ‘me’ time. At the moment I’m spending quite a few evenings sat in the bar of a local cultural centre (yes, drinking alone) reading while I wait for my daughter to finish with tap dancing and singing.

This willingness to drive them around may change in years to come when they’re teens and just need me to pick them up from parties at some ungodly hour of the morning.

2 thoughts on “Chauffeur, chaperone

  1. jellyjules November 21, 2014 / 5:13 am

    The ungodly hour thing does indeed suck. But not as much as worrying about them getting home safely would. My daughter is in college, though still at home, and mostly on her own at this point for car rides here and there…I think I’m going to miss her when she moves out. Well, I know I will.


  2. AllisonI. November 21, 2014 / 3:01 pm

    Killing time in a bar with a book is one of my favorite things to do. As long as you’re waiting to meet someone or pick someone up, there is no loneliness.


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