Like many young people around the British Isles at the moment, Pea is sitting her GCSE exams. She has been revising for and taking exams for months on end. The stress and tension they are put under is far too much, in my humble opinion. She does nothing but revise for hours and hours each evening. The two of us have come close to getting a bit cross with each other (which is very unusual for us), when I have told her to put her books away and have a rest and she wouldn't. She is subject to buzzing noises in her head now when she studies; a clear sign things have gone too far. But slowly, slowly it is coming to an end. She has taken five exams this week including two today. She has six more to go, spread out over the next three or four weeks. But today is a good day; a big day - her last day at school.
She is supposed to be leaving tomorrow after a morning spent going round the school, thanking her teachers and taking photographs and then attending a ceremony in the afternoon. Pea bought two simple, pretty dresses for the occasion, but has decided that she really doesn't want to go at all. She doesn't want to spend money on shoes she will never wear again, preferring her wellies instead. In all honesty, the opportunities to wear nice shoes here are so remote as to be none existent! She asked if I would mind not going and I replied that I really couldn't care less about it, I just want her to be happy. A day at home would do her more good than a day at school, seething with fury at having to be there and hating every minute!
Tomorrow I hope she just spends time doing nothing and lets all the hard work of this week seep out of her muscles and mind. If she has a rest for a few days, she will be more likely to cope when she gets back to revision next week. The boys break up for half term tomorrow so we will have a good week of relaxing and pottering about. If the sun shines we will go for long walks in the countryside and maybe even a long-overdue trip to the beach, where Pea can forget exams and poke about in rock pools looking for crabs, anemones, and shrimps.
Give someone a hug today and laugh a lot! xxx