are I think when you can do absolutely nothing to help one of your off spring when they are suffering.
My 17 year old started throwing up in the early hours of yesterday. He wasn't due to go to school anyway because he had a study day - with which to prepare for his very important A Level exam.
Yesterday he did no revision whatsoever but spent his time sending me the occasional message like this one: "OK, I'm fairly sure I'm dying." If that was designed to put my mind at rest it didn't exactly work.
I'd like to be able to say it didn't matter too much as he was already done so much revision for the exam, but if he has revised for this already it must have been whilst my back was turned.
He has gone in to do the exam. He looked as bad as he assured me he felt. He is obviously totally unprepared for the exam.
And I can do nothing at all to make any of it any better, so I feel crap too.
Blinded - *The Blind Girl in Hiroshima* (1963) Photograph by *Christer Strömholm*
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