I asked one of the boys the other day just what it is they do in SVS. “Oh, learn to write cheques and stuff like that”. How quaint! I felt this wash of nostalgia for the feel of a shiny new cheque book but, as I hardly ever write cheques these days, I rarely get a new cheque book. Anyhow, it set me thinking about which of the various things I’ve got to do in the next day or so would be a useful addition to the modern curriculum. I’m sure you’ll all have your own ideas…
- Fill in my VAT return. This rates as a chore on a par with washing up & ironing, except I don’t get a yellow letter threatening dire consequences if the ironing is a day late. Only the disapprobation of friends, neighbours and passing visitors. I could go to annual returns but then I’d only get around to book keeping once a year. Missing receipts are bad enough quarterly.
- Deal with patronising dishwasher engineer. I know he’s patronising because he’s been before and I just have to grit my teeth and smile sweetly. This might be a more useful skill for the girls than the boys, but not being male, I can’t say for sure. Actually, my cheque might be useful here because you can be sure he won’t leave without being paid. And, by the way, don’t EVER buy a Baumatic appliance.
- Figure out how to set up a conference call from home. I favour Skype, personally, but that will rely on persuading the others. Still, it has to be easier than getting from deepest Somerset to Bangor by public transport.
- Tackle the laundry mountain and clean the bathroom. Teaching the boys how to clean the loo could be regarded as a service to all future womankind. And maybe putting the loo seat down, while we’re at it. At the moment, we’re working on washing up and hoovering.
- Find a professional coach for the swimming club. Thought I had this one cracked but it’s not looking so straightforward today. And if they’re doing form filling, please teach them how to fill in an Enhanced Disclosure form. Black ink. Don’t write outside the boxes. No abbreviations. It all looks easy but they always seem to come back.
- Try to persuade the person whose house we want to buy that he really wants to sell it to us and noone else, at a price that we can afford. “Look into my eyes, my eyes…”
- Get some work done without being distracted by blogs…
Better get on with it.