Marooned in the Modern World

In conjunction with my book "Swiss Family Suburban" this blog is from my diary; the diary of a wife and mum in a world where neither is valued highly. Beth Bill.

4th January 2010

I do like the New Year. I like to have all the Christmas decorations away by January 1st as I like a clean and tidy start to the New Year. I know it's just another day really, but there is (for me) a healthy sense of re-focussing of effort. Time to roll up ones sleeves and get on with life.

It's good to get back to schoolwork too. (I suppose the children might disagree there, but too much holiday becomes 'ennui' as Jane Austen would put it). The first week back is always a bit spasmodic though. It's the twins birthday (after having David's and Matt's just before Christmas too) and we tend to to a bit of filing and planning to guide ourselves into student mode. We also need to prepare for our annual LEA inspection. A bit of 'paper shuffling' is quite therapeutic, I find.