That was all a bit of a headfuck, but we seem to have survived.
The kids all made the decision individually they would stay at home, although I don’t think small girl ever came out of her room. B regarded his birthday card and money with appropriate disdain. I am intrigued to hear what he plans to do with it. I have in the past donated my parents’ gifts to charities I feel would particularly annoy them, but he may be too young to appreciate the elegance of that concept…
Big girl marched in arms folded, glaring under her eyebrow, all ready to pick a fight (dunno where she gets that from, eh?) She’s been more affected by this than the other two, because she was more aware of what happened. But she’s also more able to process it, and actually seems to be doing remarkably OK. She talks about it from time to time, and asks big thinky questions, and I make sure she gets time with me away from the other two so she gets those opportunities. She likes the idea of justice. If she grows up to blame me for everything, hey, I did try.
There was no apology from my mother (natch) but she has apparently made a statement to the police confirming what happened. She also says my father will plead guilty. I’m slightly blown away by that, but trying not to get excited until I hear it from an independent source. I got the impression there’s a court date soon, but I could be wrong.
Now I am not thinking about any of this any more.
Here, have a calming knitting picture instead:
The shawl I started at the weekend with new sparkly wool from Woolfest. Il est vraiment tres beau, n’est-ce pas?
I just made and ate a million calories worth of spaghetti carbonara. I would worry if it wasn’t blatantly obvious that I burnt off at least twice that in nervous energy this afternoon.
This evening is about Pack Holiday paperwork. I’m getting there. Must remember to add SLEEP to the to-do list. There has not been enough of that in my life recently.
Tomorrow T and I are going for a good long walk with our striking children. I don’t know where, but it will be a very good day, because I have said so. We are also planning an even longer walk. I am particularly excited about this. Watch this space.