Long-term weekends

When you are busy all week, the prospect of a busy weekend feels a bit daunting.

But the weekend just past is one of those times when you think, this is one for the long-term memory banks.

Our recent move is to an area closer to people than pheasants. Public transport is a novelty to be explored. So, despite taking twice as long to get there, on Saturday we set-out on an expedition to IKEA via public transport. The journey on the train and tram became part of the day trip itself, much to the delight of my 4 year old. My soon to be 10 year old however, with a fresh set of hormones and her first spot, was not so keen. At the end of the day our final walk home was prone to tantrums and breakdowns. Having been chauffeur driven since she was born, my daughter is yet to be educated in the joys of getting somewhere minus the car. Comments about children in third world countries who have to walk miles just to get water did not have the desired effect.

It’s a whole new lifestyle and personally I like it. 

Today was my first outing as an independent visitor, taking a child in care out for the day on a monthly basis. Our first jaunt was go-karting followed by pizza and although at times it was a little awkward as we get to know each other, it was a great activity to do as we discussed lap times and braking into corners etc. I am a go-karting petrolhead so had to contain my enthusiasm at times – I can be a bit competitive, but while everyone else got the demon treatment, I made sure my young person got the chance to really shine in the track – and he did! With cracking lap times given he has only done it twice before.

I am already looking forward to our next outing and feel privileged he has let me into his life. It is one of the most rewarding things I have done.

This blog is for UNICEF.

Thanks for reading. 

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