It's 5.30pm and I've just returned from an emergency dash to TDs college.
We got a phone call at 4.45 from TDs AS level photography tutor asking for TD, who wasn't in, so I asked if I could help.
'I'm marking her AS work and I don't have her coursework book here'.
'Unfortunately if I don't have both books she'll get 0 marks, a U grading. I have her final exam book, but not the other one, and I know she's done it because I've seen it before'.
...and what was sitting in the kitchen in a bag on the floor, below the wall phone?
Yep, the other book. The very book I suggested she might need to take in Wednesday morning, last week, when she had her final 2 hour (out of 8 hrs) exam.
The book she argued 'I won't need, it's the exam we're doing, so I only need the exam book' with only a grudging attempt to keep the sarcasm from her voice, and looking at me like I was insane, stupid or both. Because of course, what do I know, huh?
Deep breath...I tried again 'But surely they'll need to mark the whole course, not just the final exam?'
...'Oh god, Muuuuummmm! If I need the other book then I'll take it in tomorrow!'
Mistake? Yes, I know not mine...
But my mistake??
But my mistake??
The Big 'Teen' no no? I didn't check...I didn't check she'd checked.
Rule #1 of the 'How to drag up a Teenager' Handbook? Always, always check. Even when you have to suffer the exasperated sighs and inevitable eye rolling. Suck it up and CHECK!
Lucky for TD she obviously has a good tutor. Who I'm sure, would have been quite within her rights to mark and send off only what she had there and then. But, no, she phoned home. And got me. Who raced to the college, only just in time, with the fricking book TD said she didn't need.
Why don't they ever bloody listen..*Wanders off mumbling*