Sometimes needs must.
The UK School Summer holiday is 6 weeks of much needed rest and recovery. A chance to unwind for Hawklad but it brings one big problem.
Any visits have to be carefully planned and precisely timed. Exposure to those pesky, anxiety spiking crowds have to be minimised. So when he says he wants to go to a particular popular tourist area, over 130 miles drive away, it takes some working out.
Three hours drive on some narrow roads….
Crowds probably start building up just after 9am….
Need time for a decent walk, some sight seeing, a picnic…..
Maybe catch some Osprey hunting just after dawn…..
So Needs Must.
Last Saturday morning we set off for Kielder Water while it was still dark, just after 3am. Arrived just after 6am.
It worked, we had the place to ourselves. Three glorious, relaxing, refreshing hours before the first cars started to stream in. When that happened, we set off home. Hundreds of cars and caravans heading West, one rust bucket heading East. A good trip out without anxiety.
Last week I briefly popped into a supermarket. At one of the checkouts was a mother trying to cope with a boy clearly having a meltdown. Sadly some of the other shoppers were not exactly understanding. Too many were being horrible to the mum, yet they had no idea of the back story. No idea what the child was going through, what the mum was trying to deal with.
I have it easy, some parents definitely don’t. They are doing what they can. Needs must.