MIDDLE Child has been tidying his room. A Friday ritual only endured by the boys to qualify for pocket money. Cash = Teenage Control.
Three loads of washing appear in front of the machine. Sigh. I execute a quick rifle through pockets before it goes in, for mobile phones, iPods, money, notes home from school.
But what’s this? A cashmere jumper, grey. Whose is it?
“Mine,” says Middle Child, on a cereal forage. “You bought me it years ago but I’ve never worn it. And now it’s too small.”
“I buy you a cashmere jumper (really? Must have been knockdown in a sale) and look how much care you take of it. Unworn, lying on the floor, drone, drone…”
Too small for him, eh? I put it on. Nice. I’ll have that. I put it somewhere safe, I think.
Later I empty the machine. Jeans, T-shirts, a tiny grey jumper. Aaaaagh. My new cashmere jumper! Shrunk. Wouldn’t fit Youngest Child’s teddy. Sob.
“So, that’s how you take care of things I give you,” says Middle Child who has appeared on cue on a cereal forage.
Later, I’m putting away washing – and find my “new” cashmere jumper. So whose was the grey one I shrunk?
“Mu-um,” Middle Child calls. “Have you seen my other grey jumper. The one I wear. Don’t put it in the machine or it’ll shrink.”
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