Emma has taken a week off work to coincide with the start of Alex’ six week school holiday. After that, Alex will spend day-times with his Dad, with his Grandpa, with me, and with some school pals.
At the end of Holiday Day #1:
Shane: You alright?
Emma: (unconvincingly) Yeah.
Shane: A good day?
Emma: Yeah – we did a lot. He liked playing with Molly – and I got to talk to Harriette – which was good. He also thought it was hilarious leading our bike ride round the woods – I’m not cut-out for that sort of thing - it was mud galore – I got mud on my face!
Shane: (amused) Did he accidentally wheel-spin in front of you?
Emma: Yes! How did you know that?
Shane: I taught him how to do it – he got me with the same trick yesterday. He’s good. I felt very proud.
Emma: (pause) I’m knackered, I can’t keep up with him and it’s only Day One of the holiday!
Shane: Oh dear.
Emma: This ‘quality time’ – it’s shit!
Shane: But, what was it again… ‘I really want to spend the full week with him – cos we don’t often get to do that, and we’ll both benefit from some quality time…’
Emma: Oh, fuck off.
Shane: (amused) Now then, that conversation about having children and so on – would now be a good time?
Emma: You’d get a shock if I said ‘Yes’.
Shane: Actually yeah, I would. Maybe we can talk later… Two thousand fifteen ok with you?
Emma: I’m going to bed.
Emma: (sternly) No.
Shane: Not sexy-
And there, we have the modern family… at leisure.