Toddlers in demand
Seems I should have booked my child’s activities before he was born. Seriously.
At the start of summer I thought: ‘It’s summer, I should book Jo in for swimming lessons!’

So I called a swimming teacher, but she was fully booked. As were the other four she recommended. So Jo is now on five waiting lists. To splash around in a pool for half an hour once a week. I think I’d have had more luck getting him two golden circle tickets to see U2 the day before the concert.

Play school? Same story. At the beginning of the year I called up the play school I wanted Jo to start at in April.  I said, ‘Hi, can I please book my son in to start at your play school in April?’

The teacher said, ‘I’m afraid we’re fully booked. But would you like to go on the waiting list?’

Me: ‘Fully booked? That’s insane! Madness! Ok yes. Waiting list please.’

Teacher: ‘Right, Joseph Linder April 2012.’

Me:  ‘No, I meant for April this year, April 2011.’

Teacher:  (Scornful laughter. A Lot of it) ‘This year? You meant this year?’ (More wild and scornful laughter)

Me: ‘Ha. Ha. I guess I’d better book him into Grade One now, or he’ll be 13 before he gets in!’

Teacher: (Laughter dies down immediately) ‘What? You haven’t booked him into Grade one yet?’

Me: (Lying through my teeth) ‘Of course I have! A joke, a mere joke. Haha. Ha!’

I know I have a flair for the last minute, but seriously, my son isn’t even two yet. Technically, I should have booked him into this play school before he was even born to assure him a space this April.

Madness! It doesn’t bode well for the years ahead. Should I book him into guitar lessons now? What about soccer, cricket, art and therapy? (Therapy to deal with the home schooling he might have to endure if I don’t get my act together and book him into Grade one).

Or I could refuse to get on that treadmill just yet, and let him splash around in the pool at home with me for a few more years instead. How difficult can home schooling be, right?

How organised are you when it comes to toddler activities?

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