Chat from an Empty Nester
My lovely Annie arrives home in Bangkok today from the UK, having pretty much finished her year’s study. It's a reprieve from my being an empty nester! Her third term consists of zero lessons, only three exams in late May (she opted for lots of coursework modules this year) and a bill for about 3,300 pounds for the privilege of sitting those exams. Putting that aside, I’m beyond excited to have her home.
Weirdly, even though I’m 50 and Annie’s 20, I bet that whilst she’s here I’ll defer to her in most decision-making and structure my own days around her plans. (Hopefully they will include me a little bit!) Don’t for one minute think that’s Annie’s fault. It really isn’t. She's as laid back as a sloth during the holidays, but I just really want her to have a good time and for her to keep coming back to visit. Good job I don’t have a ‘needy mum’ siren alert attached to me as I’d be arrested for noise pollution!!
Things you Shouldn't Tell a Teenage Daughter
I can't tell you how super excited I am to see her. I'm jittering around like a chihuahua dog on speed. (The plane lands in just 18 minutes according to the arrival board!) However, I am also pretty anxious that I will come across as annoying. Apparently I can be. So, in the interests of a harmonious household, these are some things that I vow NOT to do:
Things to Tell a Teenage Daughter
I could keep going, but I’m questioning whether I am coming over a bit passive aggressive! With only 12 minutes until the plane lands, maybe I should focus on what I will do to create a harmonious household. These are the things I definitely will do:
Just five minutes until arrival time. There’s one more thing that I really must do, which is tell her how proud I am of her, because I am. She’s a fantastic kid. (Oops, young woman.)
Yikes, she’s here so I have to go. One last ‘will not do’:
I definitely will not insist on having loads of photos at the airport after she has been on the go for nearly 24 hours. Or maybe I’ll just remember that for next time!