Town Mouse

The tra­vails of Sunday

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

TOWN MOUSE goes to press first thing on Mon­day, so, hu­man na­ture be­ing what it is, I gen­er­ally end up think­ing about what I might write on Sunday af­ter­noon and then do­ing the work af­ter din­ner. This habit has un­ex­pect­edly come to shape fam­ily dis­course. I first re­alised this when the chil­dren started pitch­ing ideas for the col­umn on Sunday even­ing: po­lit­i­cal events or the imag­ined ad­ven­tures of a favourite toy (both of which show that they think it’s much more ex­cit­ing than it re­ally is). More re­cently, when I lost my tem­per on a Sunday, I was con­soled with the words ‘Don’t worry, you can write a Town Mouse about it’.

Now, the col­umn has be­come a bar­gain­ing chip, too. I don’t know whether the chil­dren ever be­lieved the as­ser­tion that ice-cream vans only play tunes to warn chil­dren that they’re empty. What­ever the case, it’s now quite com­pli­cated get­ting past them with­out ne­go­ti­a­tion. Fol­low­ing a re­cent Sunday-af­ter­noon pic­nic, it was sug­gested that ‘if you buy us ice creams, you could write a Town Mouse about it’. Un­known to the chil­dren, things are about to change. Hence­forth, the print­ers need my Town Mouse copy on Fri­day. Sun­days will never be the same again. JG

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