Yesterday I went back to school. There was a 'What are we learning' hour in the village school, where all of us aged parents could come along and hang around in a slightly embarrassed group at the back of the classroom watching our little darlings being educated.
It was very educational on many levels. Of course watching the kids working out mathematical problems with imaginary logs and garden space was interesting and the most important part of the exercise. It is amazing how we forget how it is that we come up squared metres etc, so may years of calculators have taken any thought out of maths.
Anyway, the children worked in pairs with boxes of plastic sticks to represent the aforementioned logs, and amid much giggling about parents being there and overly enthusiastic hand waving to answer questions, they all worked well.
It was the parents that I found enlightening. One mother had turned up in a skirt so short it barely covered her bottom, more of a text message than a skirt. Why on earth do women think that opaque black tights make everything okay. Suddenly they will have legs like Kate Moss and drop 20 years. One dad (yes there were three of them there) got a case of the nervous giggles and was making the most inappropriate comments. He was on the receiving end of some very sharp looks from the teacher, but as with most boys who think they are being very entertaining to the girlies, he carried on regardless. But the best was the lady who walked calmly into the classroom, blew a big kiss to her thoroughly embarrassed son and then sauntered out again. As the Americans would say, go figure!
Anyway I lasted the hour and was glad I had gone along. It took me right back to the classrooms of my youth. Okay so this school has a modern touch screen board as well as the more conventional blackboard, and boys (yes didn't have any of those in my class) to giggle with. But the colourful pictures on the walls, spelling charts and projects laid out on tables, all transported me straight back in time. It was great to see Idgy in her day to day element, like being part of a fly on the wall documentary.
The bell rang and we big people were excused. Back to reality, back to the big world.
PS My good friend Nan in America shared the famous cabbage soup recipe with me. While I certainly don't advocate the strict soup only regime, I do think soup is a great weight loss meal especially for lunch. I'm going to give this one a go.
- 6 large
- 2 green
- 1 or 2
cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
- 3 Carrots
- 6 to 8 Mushrooms
- 1 bunch
- half a
head of cabbage, any kind
- 1 package
Lipton soup mix
- 1 or 2
cubes of bouillon (optional)
- 1 48oz
can V8 juice or Tomato juice (optional)
to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc.
onions, put in a pot and start to saute with cooking spray.
pepper stem end off and cut in half, take the seeds and membrane out.
Cut the green-pepper into bite size pieces and add to pot.
outer leafs layers off the cabbage, cut into bite size pieces, add to
cut into bite size pieces, and add to pot.
into thick slices, add to pot.
If you would
like a spicy soup, add a small amount of curry or cayenne pepper now.
You can use
beef or chicken bouillon cubes for seasonings. These have all the salt
and flavors you will need.
12 cups of water (or 8 cups and the V8 juice), cover and put heat on low.
Let soup cook for a long time – two hours works well. Season to taste
with salt and pepper.