When our youngest offspring was old enough to have an independent social life but still young enough to live at home we despaired of her time management. Mostly because it involved the taxi service of Mum and Dad. We’ve all suffered those annoying workplace back-to-back meetings allowing no time to get the job done. That’s how Kate planned her social life – without any appreciation of the time it would take to get from A to B. I mention those days, a couple of decades ago, as it seems to be how we’re living our life at the moment and BA didn’t help.
Last Sunday we were due to fly back from our biennial trip to see friends in Germany. Our builder had called a couple of weeks earlier to give us a start date for the new shower room – the day after Bank Holiday Monday i.e. two days after our arrival back in the UK. We reasoned that our schedule would be tight but achievable. Or so we thought!
The fly in the ointment (not a nice way to refer to one’s Mum), was that on the day after our arrival home we planned to drive her to visit her ‘little soldier’ aka my brother so that she wouldn’t be subjected to the brick dust, hammer drill etc. necessary in the delivery of our latest home improvement.
What a good job we’d prepared the area to be affected by the building work (kitchen, dining room, hall) before leaving for Germany because we’d booked flights with BA – our trusted national carrier and you can guess the rest.
To cut a long story short – as the saying goes – we had to get ourselves from Hanover to Hamburg (via public transport on a public holiday – Christi Himmelfahrt) for a flight leaving on Monday which left us minus a day in a very tight schedule.
That’s not the end of the story. Mum, safely delivered 170 miles away, we returned home mid-half-term holiday with pre-arranged grandparent responsibilities. And so it was that we took ourselves off to visit Kate and children in Dorset with our two older grandchildren in tow.
Now you see why I drew a comparison with times past and our youngest daughter’s time management.