If you are in the throes of getting one of your little darlings off to Uni or College, I feel for you, I really do!
We have filled out form after form and electronically scanned dozens of pieces of paper to accompany them. Although I have developed a hatred of printers, it took me two hours this morning to get it to recognise the new ink cartridge. Thank goodness for the nice man on You Tube! It sends me messages when I am desperately trying to get yet another document printed and says “Printer is busy.” as if it hasn’t got time for me just at the moment. I have learned tricks on how to get it to do what I want, creeping up on it and pressing buttons ,shouting “ha ha got you!!”
We have searched for and applied for grants and bursaries and yesterday breathed a sigh of relief as it all disappeared into the airwaves… but NO, it all comes pinging back!
The e.mail says, “You didn’t send proof of this…” “But you didn’t ask for it! “, we cry! So we scan and send more. The most irritating reply was “Have you thought about going back to school?” Going back to school ?, he’d be gone 20 by the time he left!!!! If you don’t want to give us the grant ,just say so!
Then there is THE STUFF, a three column list of requirements from a toothbrush to bin liners to enough socks and boxers to prevent him having to do too much washing, he says! We have an enormous list on the wall and every time we think of something else it grows, a tin opener being the latest addition.
I chat to the lady on the phone at the student accommodation, she is soothing, how many other neurotic mothers has she dealt with today. When she tells me how many international students they have, I think, he’s only moving about 150 miles away, these folk are coming from other countries and different cultures. It puts things in perspective.
I am still applying for jobs, the latest doesn’t interview until October, so I have time to get the boy away first. Had another meeting with “Jim ” at the Jobcenter who suggested that I did a course. Apparently they had a very good one lately on planting a herb garden. No I am not joking, I didn’t know quite what to say ,so I think I smiled and said ,”Lovely.”. I live in a flat, and I don’t think a herb garden would help my employment status , or am I missing something? Maybe a mustard seed is worth considering in all this though?
I have learnt a lot more about admin lately though.Anyone want a crazy woman who shouts at printers ?