Back in the thick of it Christine
Albert's gone to the school end of term report to hear how young Alberts doing
Not well as we already knew, he just goes off the straight and narrow when Alberts not around, even the school have been asking when is his grandad back!!
It's such a frustration, young Albert is a bright intelligent kid but just can't seem to apply himself, mixes with street wise kids when he gets a chance ,but he isn't street wise, his size belies his age, he's 14 and 6' 2", a good looking lad, but nevertheless just a kid
His mum has to work so he needs to see himself off to school so he's always late even when he's up and ready before she leaves, he's home before her and says he can't do his homework alone so he doesn't bother
He wants to live here Monday to Friday so his grandad can help him sort out his homework and reading between the lines help him sort out himself, his grandad is the father figure in his life and his mum says he's been missing him whilst we were away
I just wash, cook and clean and ensure all runs smoothly in the background much as I always did with our own kids
So it looking like we will have two grandkids living here for a while, Megs whilst she does her Masters at Manchester Uni (Although her mum lives just up the road) but I think having lived away for 3years doing her degree and a year in Switzerland as an Au pair she wants the freedom from family life she can have here without two younger siblings
And Young Albert
We've been blighted I mean blessed ! with kids forever
Just as our last child left home Megs was born and her single mum was at uni in Sheffield doing a Nursing degree, so she lived with us
We carried her up mountains, fretted over cot deaths, dropped her at nursery, worked full time and collected her on the way home
Went on to do the same for Alex when the marriage broke down, and I tell you even though their mum went onto marry a fantastic guy whose been a great dad to them (and a fantastic "son" to us both )you never rid yourself of the early years and the bonds that form. As far as they are concerned they have two homes and that is that, no discussion
Young Alberts different, never knew his dad, none of us ever did, vanished as soon as his mum was pregnant, it's funny life, but he is ours, one of our large family network, and one day he too will find his way, and be one great guy in more than one sense if he continues to grow !!
So there you go Christine, our adventures with the family are more varied than our travels
I could write a book, if only I had time