I had to fill in a form this week I'm starting a course at my local Adult Education College next week. Funny isn't it how learning is a joy in older age - if only we could convince our children of that.
About 8 pages in , I came across a lengthy list of contact preferences. How would I like to be contacted in the event of ...
The options were endless , I could be contacted by post, email , telephone, presumably carrier pigeon if so desired. The circumstances under which they may wish to contact me were equally lengthy but the one that entertained me the most read ....
' How would you like to be contacted in the event of .... death.' I'm not sure I'd care by that stage but the maverick in me made my insert the words 'ouija board' .
On the form went relentlessly. The section about my employment status was equally entertaining. Apparently I could describe myself as unemployed intentionally, unintentionally, by choice, by circumstance or a squillion other options. there wasn't a column for just plain old 'Mum' or 'stuck at home doing ironing and cleaning' so I opted instead for 'economically inactive'.
Trouble is, that's a slight misnomer I'm actually rather active in the economy . Trouble is the flow of money is mostly out and not in.
So next week I'll be going back into a classroom with a new pencil case and a banana for break. Can't wait for that heady scent of disinfectant and pencil shavings that will transport me back in time.