We left our holiday accommodation, all tidy and sparkling, at 11am and we finally arrived home at 6pm, with one ferry crossing and three train changes later. It was a fun journey and the dogs behaved like angels all of the way, mostly curling up under the seats and going to sleep.They took strangers in their stride and were even calm when either of us got up to go and buy coffee from the buffet car. I could not have wished for better behaved pets, particularly given that Kevin is just 5 months old. He was wide-eyed , taking all of the new experiences in and only occasionally would he forget himself, as he let out a little bark, more in fear rather than bravado.
When we arrived home, Joshua was upstairs in his bedroom getting changed, as we called out that we were back home. He squealed with delight and ran to the top of the stairs, where he grinned , posed on one leg like a flamingo and shouted in a high, excited voice ” I like you!”. We brought him downstairs where he could do himself less harm and he continued to shout for joy. I received several bear hugs and I heard stories from Yorkshire Grandma and I read in the school diary and his respite diary too, so as to get fully briefed on events. I enjoyed a quick cup of tea and then it was straight upstairs for an early bath. Joshua remained excited and animated all night, he was clearly delighted that we were all reunited back at home.
Joshua has just four more days at school for 2018 and I have just two more days of work. I have booked tomorrow off on leave too, in order to attend Joshua’s school Christmas play. which will be fun I am sure. I am back at school on Friday morning for our final Parent Coffee Morning of 2018 too, on the last day of term so I need to find some baking time before then. This can be a mad, busy time of year which gets bogged down with shopping, wrapping and parties but Joshua reminded us last night that all he wants for Christmas is everyone to be at home together. His Christmas wish will be granted, plus some bonus family appearances from Granny for Christmas and his Aunt, Uncle and cousin, with her boyfriend, on Boxing Day.
So as he counts down the last few days of term in 2018, he can look forward to the year when he turns 18 years old, the year when he becomes adult in the eyes of the law! During next year, many things will change, but not, hopefully, how excited he gets when he sees his parents after a separation of five days, as I do not want that ever to alter.