Space invaders of a different kind
For the first time in about eight months, I think we’re getting our house back.
No, we haven’t had the builders in. Just a HSC student with a couple of major works to complete.
Most parents know that the HSC year is an incredibly challenging time for students, but it also requires a special level of patience from the people they live with.
Often, the paper explosion is confined to the bedroom, which can resemble a low level mountain range with piles of paper at varying heights. But woe betide the parent that attempts to ‘clean up’ the HSC student’s bedroom.
The thing is, there’s method in the madness and what may look like random collections of papers is in fact carefully curated piles of notes.
In our house, this has extended into the living and dining area, which has the only table suitable for piecing together Art and Textiles & Design major works.
So we’ve had everything from scraps of fabric and embroidery threads to tiny pieces of cut out paper from one end of the room to the other.
Support from other members of the family has largely involved stepping around and not complaining about the mess while eating dinner on our laps night after night.
I have attempted careful sweeps of the living area and bedroom to clean up where possible, all the while checking that otherwise unnoteworthy bits and pieces are not vital to the success of the project overall.
But with the final major work handed in, it’s possible the house may begin to return to normal. We can eat dinner at the table and sit on the lounge without being stuck by a pin or three.
The dressmaker’s dummy can be put away, along with the sewing machine.
But I still have to keep the bedroom door closed, for now.
THE LOWDOWN ON STYLE
Kick back in this industrial style seat. Industria umpire occasional chair, $3220, from Globe West, globewest.com.au