Town Mouse

Dream­ing of sun­shine

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

WE have two big piles of scrap pa­per in the house that feed the chil­dren’s end­less ap­petite for draw­ing, paint­ing, cut­ting and scrib­bling. They com­prise old drafts, bits of post and other odd sheets of pa­per, so there is of­ten a sur­prise in store when you turn them over. This is par­tic­u­larly true at present, be­cause we are work­ing our way through the pages of an old cal­en­dar. It used to hang low enough for the chil­dren to scrib­ble notes on it. Some are il­leg­i­ble, some in­com­pre­hen­si­ble—oc­to­ber 2, for ex­am­ple, is mys­te­ri­ously in­scribed ‘sub­ma­rine’. And a few record events now hap­pily for­got­ten: Oc­to­ber 6, ‘I vomit. Very sick’.

One thing I re­alise is that it’s im­plicit from some of these an­no­ta­tions that the chil­dren thought that work for grown-ups ended at the same time as the school term. It’s not an il­lu­sion they labour un­der any more, but this week­end, as I mulled over this record of the re­cent past, I found my­self wish­ing it were true. Spring has ar­rived. The lime tree on the cor­ner is blush­ing green and the cherry blos­som is be­gin­ning to burst forth in im­prob­a­ble pro­fu­sion. Let’s hope the sun­shine lasts un­til Easter. I’m long­ing for some aim­less time out­doors. JG

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