By the time you read this, Sophia will have gone back to uni and the house will be quiet again. I hate to say it, but I am happy to be relieved of my mum duties for a few weeks. I'm not going to miss the laundry, or any of the chaos that goes with sharing a house with twin teens. Oh, and I'm really looking forward to having my car back!
Here's a little quiz about how it went on Sunday when we headed back to uni. Warning: there may be a few trick-questions with more than one correct answer:
1. How did Sophia spend her last day at home?
a) Rounding up all of her belongings
b) Catching up on last minute coursework
c) Offering to help with all the fun tasks that required my attention before she left
2. When does our darling daughter start to pack for the return trip to university?
a) A couple of days before we leave
b) During the previous day
c) 10 pm, the night before
d) Packing, what packing?
3. What did I do on the day before we left?
a) Made a huge batch of rocky road for my daughter to share with her flatmates
b) Opened a bottle of wine
c) Lost my temper
d) Caught up on all the laundry my darling daughter had thoughtfully added to the laundry basket that morning
4. What has Sophia left behind?
a) Absolutely nothing, she'd written a list and crossed things off as she packed
b) Just a couple of things that aren't important
c) A clean and tidy bedroom
d) Her toothbrush, a nightclub membership card, all of her Easter eggs (nomnomnom), her printer cable, several items of rowing kit and the list just keeps on growing!
5. Despite our best intentions, what time do we actually leave the house for the return journey?
a) On-time, naturally
b) A few minutes later than planned
c) We were so organised, we left early
d) Over an hour late!
6. How am I feeling by the time we leave the house?
b) Devastated that I'll be returning to an empty house
c) Completely organised
7. It's late when we finally arrive home, what do Mr A and myself do?
a) Fantasise about a few child-free weeks
b) Look at the state of the house and sigh
c) Retire for the night and tell ourselves that tomorrow is another day
d) Sleep for 12 hours
8. What will I be doing during the next week at home?
a) Making the most of the peace and quiet
b) Feeling sad now that my babies have flown the nest for a few more weeks
c) More laundry
d) Peeling the rind of teen grunginess off the house
9. How did the rocky road I made go down with her flatmates?
a) They loved it
b) They didn't get to eat any, we ate the entire batch before we arrived
c) No idea, they were all still asleep when we left
d) It didn't! Still sitting in the fridge when we arrived home!!
10. How is Sophia feeling when we leave her at uni and head for home?
a) Sad that she won't get to see her parents for a couple of months
b) Elated that she's all organised for the term ahead
c) Thrilled at the prospect of more coursework, essays and deadlines
d) Happy to be home
Congratulations if you picked option 'd' to questions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10. The trick questions were 3, 7 and 8 - where options a-d were all correct.
So there you have it, that was Easter Sunday for 3 members of the Anderton family. Here's to June and both daughters heading home at the end of their first year at uni. How did the time go so fast?
Until next time...
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