Thursday 21 September 2017

School's out and my darlings have already pushed me close to the edge

With three children on holidays until September rolls around again, Sarah Carey is dreading the long days ahead

DILEMMA: I love my children, I just don’t want to be around them all the time
DILEMMA: I love my children, I just don’t want to be around them all the time
Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

Naturally, as a teenager, I knew that my parents were wrong about everything. Then I grew up and accepted that perhaps they were right after all. As middle-age crashes in on me, I worry that my teenage self might have had a point. While I raged and slammed doors, they preached stoicism.

For them, it's not merely a tool for managing life's disappointments, but a moral issue. No one owes you a living and the only valid response - the only moral response - is to keep one's head up, smile, work hard, and justice may or not be done in the end.

After I'd spent one full day in the company of my children this week, I decided that wasn't going to work for me. So I concocted an urgent meeting in Dublin on Friday, put on my make-up and fled the house.

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