Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Wishing upon a Star

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Wishing upon a Star

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Our house has been experiencing an unusually large number of visitors lately. Just last week, Cinderella, the Little Mermaid and Belle from Beauty and the Beast came for a tea party. For the past three nights our bedrooms have been filled to capacity as Peppa and George Pig, Ben and Holly and most of the cast of Disney's Frozen have insisted on coming for sleepovers. Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty are such regular dinner guests that I've started setting places for them at the table.

I don't want to sound antisocial but having so many people around can get a bit wearing. The morning nursery drop-off was a lot quicker when it didn't involve getting Snow White and all seven dwarfs in and out of the car (especially if we have to go back, in the rain, because Grumpy has dropped his bag).

But although they can be high maintenance, I can't pretend I'm not enjoying the frisson of danger that some of our new acquaintances bring with them. I was only too happy to accelerate down the motorway last weekend to shake off the tribe of bloodthirsty giants who were in hot pursuit of the BFG in our boot. My normally filthy car is looking cleaner than ever since we realised that both Gruffalos and hungry wolves could be defeated by the automatic car wash.

Sadly all these visitors come at the invitation of the younger members of the household - playmates of this ilk are just a distant memory for me. It's a shame because, like most teachers at the moment, I could use a good imaginary friend; preferably a fearless education leader. …

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