David Robbins: How our summer plans fell like sand through my fingers
I had high hopes of this summer. I had plans and ideas for family days out, for excursions and adventures, picnics and days by the sea. And now, suddenly, it's all over and we didn't get to do half of them. Back in June, there seemed to be an almost unimaginable amount of empty time stretching ahead of us. Now, I'm doing school lunchboxes.
The other parents I meet agree. "How was your summer?" we ask each other, checking for signs of a tan (or even, as sometimes happens, a whole change of image).
"Very short," comes the answer. Then there's a pause. "And wet."