The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - NEWS - With edi­tor Robyn Willis robyn.willis@news.com.au

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.


Kick back in this in­dus­trial style seat. In­dus­tria um­pire oc­ca­sional chair, $3220, from Globe West, globe­west.com.au

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