When home schooling during lockdown it’s important to try and find levity. So between tasks (or most of the time, more accurately, in the middle of a task – or probably even more accurately, 10 seconds into a task) we often break into doing something silly or talking about a subject that has absolutely nothing to do with the job at hand.
Yesterday was one of those moments, very early in the day. We started doing silly impressions of one another in the Detrecto household. I did an impression of mini Detrecto (having some ‘Big Feelings’ obviously) and then Mrs Detrecto did an impression of me. But then, mini Detrecto did something that holds the mirror up and blows apart every view you have of yourself and the way in which you think you present yourself to the world.
She sat there and pretended to hold a mobile phone and stared blankly at her hand whilst uttering ‘Scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll…’
I mean, she’s not wrong on occasions and we all cracked up laughing. But then came the coup de grâce – she pretended to take down her trousers and sit on a toilet whilst scrolling.
Some things really should remain private but to anyone who is thinking of having children, let this be a warning that nothing is sacred and nothing is private from the second they enter the world. And they have a unique ability to hold a mirror up and make you change your ways in a way that several years of therapy cannot.