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The reluctant school volunteer

Dear Karen,

Years ago, I worked in at Glenealy Junior School in Hong Kong.  I didn’t mean to work there.  I didn’t even particularly want to.

But my darling son, aged 6, thought it was a great idea to volunteer me for every school outing, party and in-class event that came down the pike.  I’d helped out in his older sisters’ classes, so I was guilted into helping out in his as well.

To be honest, I’d hoped that by the time my youngest child toddled off to school, I’d be released from School Mum Duty.  No such luck. Continue reading

An ideal houseguest?

Dear Karen,

A few weeks ago, I brazenly invited myself to visit a new friend living in a renovated barn, in Hampshire.  Poor thing didn’t stand a chance.  Before she could even protest, I’d already booked passage south from London.

I had bought a gift to bring along, just to prove I’m not an ignoramus who invites herself to someone’s house and then is too rude to bring an offering.

Error Number One

I forgot the gift, leaving it on my dining table before catching the train. Continue reading

Vienna: our final trip of 2014

Dear Karen,

Today I finally give you the low-down on the last part of our trip to Prague and Vienna.  Lucky you!

The day we went to Vienna, we woke up in Prague, drove to Theresienstadt, and then south.  During our drive from the concentration camp, we spent our time in quiet reflection at the horrific living conditions we’d just seen. Continue reading

Final trip of 2014: visiting Prague

Dear Karen,

Just as After The Kids Leave was going on holiday in December, Lars and I had a holiday of our own:  a little trip to Prague and Vienna. Continue reading

On the 12th Day of Christmas: a cautionary tale

Dear Karen,

Last week, I told you about my trip to Southwark Cathedral, to listen to carols and Christmas readings.  One of the readings was The 12 Days of Christmas Thank You Notes (from Emily to Edward).  Listening attentively, I became aware of the importance of choosing gifts (and recipients) Continue reading

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