Day Seventy-Something in Lockdown #3.0

06:47 The empty washing basket in the middle of the kitchen floor is the Stevenson version of the elephant in the room. Everyone is walking round it, refusing to acknowledge that it’s there.

07:23 Lindsay’s morning is already off to a bad start.

“Oh crap. I’ve put foot cream on my face!”

“Maybe that’ll help you crack a smile.”

07:58 Lindsay arrives at work to discover the kids have already changed the date and visual calendar for her. They’ve learnt quickly she can’t be trusted to organise herself, never mind them.

09:12 The Maths lesson is in full flow.

“Ah Miss! It’s clicked!”

“Short multiplication?”

“No. My knee.”

09:14 Some kids are working hard.

“I get this division now Miss.”

“It’s multiplication.”

09:16 Lindsay’s willing the big hand to speed up.

“Oh Miss!”

“You understand it now?”

“No. Your eye is bleeding.”

“It’s not the only thing bleeding.”

16:56 Joel appears like a Death Eater as soon as Lindsay steps through the door.

“I need help.”

“I know. I’ve been saying it for years.”

“No. With Biology.”

“Oh. Use that organ encased in your skull.”

“What’s that then?”

17:12 Lindsay’s given smiley faces for tea. It’s not right. She turns them all upside down.

18:02 Joel has an assessment coming up.

“I’ll get to work now Mam.”


“I’m going to work now.”

“I can’t hear you.”

“I said, I’m going to do some work!”

“I thought you’d said that but was sure I’d misheard you.”

19:23 Lindsay gets an email from the Chipotle Mexican Grill in California and tells Ian.

“Is that where you’re taking me for your birthday?”

“Your what now?!”

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