It was the annual athletics carnival … and neither of them are renowned for their athletic prowess.
In the past I would have given a spirited and motivational speech about how it's the participation that counts … not the winning. And then I would have provided an inspirational spiel about supporting their school house … and being a good school citizen.
But I'm clearly weakening in my old age … and they took swift and full advantage of this. When I was confronted with the usual "Mum … can we have the day off …it's just the athletics carnival" … I simply shrugged … made a token suggestion that perhaps they should attend … and then gave in.
Master 16 made a speedy getaway to a friend's house … and has not been seen since.
But Master 13 and I decided to spend the day together … bonding.
We went to the shops … his suggestion not mine.
Master 13 never, ever suggests we go to the shops … so I knew there was an ulterior motive.
Turns out it was to buy a voucher for some game platform I've never heard of … don't know the first … or last … thing about … and can only hope it's not about to destroy our computer. Such is the extent of my technological savviness.
But he was certainly pleased with it.
Then we enjoyed a healthy and nutritious lunch … NOT ...
… and came home.
And that was that … bonding time was over.
Master 13 disappeared into the computer room … and I spent the afternoon with a raging case of indigestion ... racking my brain … unsuccessfully … to come up with an excuse to write on their absentee note.
Anyone got any clever suggestions?