And finally, Jersey…

The Jersey Flag

The verdicts are coming in, down here in what used to be called “Britain’s South Sea Island” back in the glory days of nineteen-sixties tourism.

Ben continues to remain determinedly upbeat, using the word “brilliant” whenever his new school is mentioned.

He also says –

“It’s old fashioned, but I like it.”
“They’re strict, but I like it.”
“I like my tie, can I wear it out to dinner?”

And his bemusement at having to say Grace before cramming sandwiches into his mouth at lunchtime has disappeared as he gets used to the new regime.

Hannah though, is more circumspect. When asked how her day was, she generally replies,

“Between good and bad.”

But she does now have half a best friend, and definitely wants to return for a second bash at ballet and swimming.

As for me, I have to get used to a new relationship with the children.

When I get home they are desperate to tell me everything both at once, and then argue with each other over whose turn it is to speak to me.

But then last Sunday when Ben came downstairs to find me in the kitchen he asked –

“How come you’re still here?”

“It’s Sunday,” I replied.

“Oh yeah,” he said, turning back to his Nintendo DS.

About Beta Mum

Here you can find the ramblings of a trapeze artist turned journalist who ran away from the circus to join the BBC. Cathy "mine's a Kir Royale" Keir then spent thirteen years working in Jersey, Guernsey and Devon, before downgrading to what you see before you. She has contributed articles to The Guardian, The Stage and Television Today, Junior Magazine and both the BBC and Bad Mothers Club websites. She has two children who think women can’t be prime ministers. She blames herself.
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8 Responses to And finally, Jersey…

  1. Beta Mom says:

    Oh, Beta Mum, I’ve been so neglectful. It’s been downright, well, Beta of me. Glad to hear you’re settling in and the tide is starting to shift!

  2. Potty Mummy says:

    Got to love those kids, huh?

  3. Omega Mum says:

    Glad it’s all going so well. It sounds….well, rather nice.

  4. Great to see you back and bloggin again. Glad it’s going well.

  5. Welcome (back) to Jersey Beta Mum. Keep up your wonderful posting. With two teenage children I can helpfully advise you that it doesn’t get any easier! Rob

  6. Beta Mum says:

    BM – Beta is as Beta does, and I should know

    PM – they can be enchanting, as well as alarming and irritating and all those other things

    OM – it’s nice apart from the traffic… so much of it crammed into a tiddly place

    MatL – it’s positive on the whole, so far

    Robert – welcome and thanks for the warning! I’ve found so far that some things get easier and some get harder. I expect that kind of exchange of difficulties continues ad infinitum…

  7. Mya says:

    Things sound like they’re going well. Saying grace before lunch? I didn’t realise they still did that sort of thing these days!I’m with Ben, it’s old fashioned, but I like it!

    Mya x

  8. Potty Mummy says:

    And just to show we’re not mainland-centric, tag, you’re it (check my blog for details…)

    (I feel so much better now I’ve passed that on…)

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