My second session with Barnard Grove School started off quite well this morning. Taken with the idea of our impending visit to the Headland Beach on Friday coming, one little girl brought in some shells to show me, ‘all the way from the Indian Ocean’ she said. They were pretty I must admit, and very unusual. I was so thrilled to think that she had gone home and talked about what we’d done on Monday.
Then another girl came in and said, ‘my dad was checking up on your website last night’ not sure what conclusions ‘dad’ drew if any, but good to hear that parents are taking a real interest.
So far, so good you might say. Then it came to this afternoon. We went over to the IT suite to type up poems about Hartlepool which they’d written this morning. A young lad tried to ‘help’ me to help another pupil, but he was telling me things I already knew. Now, I know so little about computers, that when I do know things, well I get a bit pleased with myself, so I said , yes I know that darling, thank you. He looked at me – one of those long lingering looks that you know is just going to be followed up by something smart and he said, ‘you’re not dumb you are you’ he left a gap, just long enough for me to feel dead chuffed with myself, then added, ‘you’re old, but you’re not dumb’ Having seen the reflection of this crinkled ‘shell’ in the mirror this morning,:( I had to agree with him, I had no choice, but I drew the line at answering his next question, ‘how old are you anyway’. There are some questions a girl just doesn’t want to answer.
We’re all getting excited about our beach visit, which is coming up this Friday. Watch out for those white horses lad.