Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Clearing Last Holiday Hurdle

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Clearing Last Holiday Hurdle

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I FEEL like a marathon runner who can see the finishing line but is starting to stagger sideways. An athlete who has given her all and now, with the end in sight is totally spent, body aching, mind numb and eyes glazed over.

For weeks I have dug deep and found the courage and determination to stay focused and in the zone. I have held it together while faced with daily adversity and stupid questions.

I resisted the urge to give up and have endured unspeakable challenges (including hosting a 10-girl sleepover and running out of chicken flavoured instant noodles on the same night). These tests of strength brought me to the brink of my mental and physical abilities but I have lasted the distance without showing fear or weakness. Until now. With only a couple more sleeps until school goes back, I think I'm losing the plot.

With all my energy funnelled towards survival during the school holidays I totally overlooked the whole back-to-school shopping thing that has to be done before that first bell can ring signalling the start of another school year and the end of the summer of terror.

Don't get me wrong, I love shopping. Show me a retail outlet and I'll show you Nirvana. But shopping for back-to-school supplies is not really shopping. It's just plain hard work.

So there we were yesterday, standing in the lunchbox aisle for so long I was at risk of getting deep vein thrombosis.

According to my youngest it has become fashionable for female high school students to have lunchboxes with themes and motifs usually reserved for kindergarten kids.

There I stood getting visibly older as my youngest couldn't decide between Dora the Explorer, the Wiggles and Disney's Tinkerbell.

Indecision and the recent heavily publicised a[approximately]Yellow Wiggle incident' prompted three emergency phone calls to two different besties and a last minute switch at the check-out counter with Dora coming out on top. …

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