As another school year comes to a close we have the annual events of sports day and parents' evening. As usual I attend the parents' evening on my own, and always try to get time off work to be at the sports day. This morning's sports day was held in bright sunshine and I got to see Tall Daughter take part in several races and even though she didn't win she looked like she was enjoying herself.
She told me she had 'phoned him last week "to give him plenty of notice, because he said if he knew in advance he would try and come".
I asked her what he had said.
"Oh, he said he had a list of priorities from A to Z and he just couldn't find time to fit them in."
I said I was sorry, but maybe next year would be better.
She looked thoughtful. "Hmm. Where do you think I come on his list Mum? I think I might be around T."
I wish I could make things better for her.