- Ash returns home with some other kid's schoolbag, unlabelled unlike his, and minus any tell-tale books or school diary and plus a snack box filled with chocolate chipped Hide&Seek biscuits. He comes home, opens the snack box and starts eating the forbidden fruit (cocoa-based snack).
- A brand-new brief is missing. He tells me "the Miss" took it, after he attended nature's call. (The Miss is his class teacher. "What is her name?" I ask him. He replies: "Teacher." What is your teacher's name?" He says, "Miss".)
- Mira comes home with a spare panty in a polythene cover that belongs to some other, bigger built girl.
- V burns a hole in the pocket of Ash's uniform shirt while superceding me in the ironing business.
But on the whole, we like this new calm after the storm. The storm rages from 7 to 8 am when we get two reluctant kids out of bed, into the bath and on to the meal table. A van picks up Ash at 7.55 am while V drops Mira 15 minutes later. She insists she wants to travel by the 'bus' too (the van is as huge as a bus). She doesnt want to go to school. Yesterday she wanted to go see 'the lion' and today she wanted to meet 'the elephant'. Strange fancies early in the morning!