I was chatting on the phone to my fourteen-year-old granddaughter today, and she told me she has nine pieces of homework to do over the weekend. That's right. Nine. "The weekends are just school, but at home," she said. How sad. I certainly don't remember my own children ever having this amount of homework.
Some of this homework is Spanish. She has to learn over 100 new words. They include the Spanish for "widower" and "step-brother". "I don't even use these words in English," she told me.
Now, have you ever, when abroad, needed either of these words? I would have thought phrases such as "please return this to the chef. It's inedible," or "please don't do that. I have a boyfriend/fiancé/husband at home," or even "do you have aspirin/sticking plasters/pair of crutches" might possibly come in handy for a young woman abroad, rather than the words she has to learn.
My poor daughter grieves for the (triplet) children she used to play/walk/ picnic with at weekends, but they don't have time to play with her any more. I've invited her to come down to Devizes to play with me. I hate Ludo and Monopoly, but I'm a dab hand at Scrabble.
(This post pinged off too early yesterday. Apologies.)