My middle son has his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze practice expedition this weekend. When the older one did his expedition two years ago, I heard back from one of the dads that there really weren't enough checkpoints for safety because they didn't have enough volunteers. So when I got an email from the school asking urgently for more volunteers to run checkpoints, I straight away said yes, we would each do one day, and I assumed the only problem would be stopping OH taking over in his "I'm the man, this is a man's job" kind of way.
Not so. "Well, what does it involve? You don't want to be sitting in the middle of nowhere by yourself." I differ. I'd much rather I be sitting in the middle of nowhere by myself than my rather impractical, slightly clumsy, daydreamy middle son sitting in the middle of said nowhere by himself. And besides, what the hell do you think manning a checkpoint involves ffs?
"What time would it be? How many hours?" Well, I didn't bother asking, tbh. It's less than an hour away, and all I have in the calendar is do the washing and go to Waitrose. And if you have anything more important to do this weekend, perhaps you could have mentioned it before now?
"...because it's the Monaco Grand Prix, and I want to watch the qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday". Right. Because that's obviously more important than your son's safety, or supporting the school in providing this very useful and enjoyable activity.
I do know that it's only women who get the automatic personality transplant when a baby is born, but seriously, wtf?
ETA: I want to disable anonymous commenting on this entry, but that doesn't seem to be an option any more. So as an experiment I'm selecting "no email" which I hope will do the same thing. I'm leaving open the other post which gets millions of spam comments to see if it makes a difference.