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‘I thought I wanted my son back in school. Now, I’m not so sure’

Chrissie Russell


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Writer Chrissie Russell and son Tom pictured at their Co Down home last summer. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Writer Chrissie Russell and son Tom pictured at their Co Down home last summer. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Writer Chrissie Russell and son Tom pictured at their Co Down home last summer. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Having spent the last three months longing for my son to go back to school, I’ve now — as that day arrives — been hit with a wave of returners’ angst.

There are the practical things I’ve only belatedly realised I’ve forgotten, like how to fill a lunch-box with appropriate, nut-free fodder, and the things I feel strangely sad to be waving goodbye to: Seesaw, it took me the best part of a year to master you, I’m not sure I’m ready to move on.


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