If I hear one more parent tell me their child’s “off to uni”, I might have to scream. Good for them, though. Well done and all that. Any old fool can get into uni now, but a pat on the back anyway. “Yes, he’s reading classics.” Couldn’t he have done that at home in his bedroom? “She’s changing courses this year, the first year was impossible and she found the exams really hard, so she’s swapping to Media Studies.” Of course she is. Didn’t she have a gap year, too? University, huh?
A very cute, but apprehensive-looking Prince George started school on Thursday, with his new headmaster hoping he’ll have “the confidence to be himself”. Thomas’s, Battersea, where George will spend most of his day from now on, is not too far from where I live. We often walk past it at the weekend on our way to grab a large breakfast (yes, we’re a sad couple, my husband and me – we’ve got routines).
There's an underlying panic, a constant worry that plagues me. And I think actress Susan Sarandon might be able to help. It’s all to do with my poor mum – the mum I once knew – disappearing into her early-onset Alzheimer’s in her 50s. Becoming someone the laughing, happy, kind, smiley her wouldn’t recognise. Not knowing friends she’d known for years. Or us – Dad, my brothers and me.
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Selecting a term
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