Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Camp Granada "...I'd rather be at school..."


Found in my letter box today:


Letter from my granddaughter.

When I was a child there used to be lots of very amusing songs on the radio - I loved them and quickly learned the words, then probably drove my parents crazy with my frequent renditions of them. 

This letter from my granddaughter reminded me of Camp Granada - the novelty song about a letter which a boy who was away at summer camp is supposed to have written, begging his parents to take him home...  I'm sure you know the one.

To translate the letter:

To Gran
I hate what mum and dad think is a school day.   I'd rather be at school and I mean it!   It seems like paradise to be at school now.   Please rescue me soon, please, I beg you.   Please, please, please!!!

Her parents are teachers and have organised a few morning lessons for the two children.   Nothing too arduous, but they want to establish a bit of routine.    A couple of lessons, then the children are free to roam in Owl Wood and the gardens before lunch.

It does explain why my granddaughter called across the garden asking me to return her letter because she didn't mean it now.      Once I told her that I hadn't seen her letter (the truth at that time)  she went off perfectly happily.

I fully expect to find letters from her parents because I imagine they would rather spend a week at the rock face, teaching a class of 30 students, than an hour or two trying to teach their own.











23 comments:

  1. I love this post! It made me laugh out loud. Thank you!

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    1. I think we all need a few laughs right now, so I am very happy to share it with you.

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  2. What a great letter! It made me chuckle :)

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    1. Luckily her storm clouds soon blow away! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. So sweet! My grandaughter would rather be at school too. She reckons she has more school work now than ever before.
    You're the best Gran! It's so nice to follow her letters through you.

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    1. The weather is making it difficult for them to stay indoors - bright sunshine and blue skies (but very chilly). It must be even worse for your granddaughter - I am assuming that your weather is tons better than here, of course!
      One day, when she is much older, those letters will pass back to her. I hope she will read them with pleasure and remember the fun she had, Linda!

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  4. I remember the song, used to love hearing it as a kid just like "Don't fall off the roof Dad" I used to sing it to him after he fell off our bungalow roof putting a dent in the lawn. The children are lucky have a wood to play in, lots are stuck inside

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    1. They are indeed lucky children, Billy. My three London grandchildren have a garden, albeit a tiny one; lots of city children don't even have that on offer, I know. I wish I had a magic wand and could make the world a better place for everyone.

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  5. This did make me chuckle. Fortunately, I have a willing pupil - for now. X

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    1. This one is a rebel (for her parents) I find her much easier to handle - but isn't that always the way? Gold star for your lovely little pupil! x

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  6. Oh my gosh, there’s so much truth in what you say lol,, my daughter is trying home schooling her two, she’s finding out how difficult it is,, I love these letters from your grand daughter,,

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    1. I imagine that a lot of parents are finding out how tricky it can be, Laurie! I shudder to think how I would have got on with teaching my own three, especially the youngest one.
      Her letters are pure gold, they really gladden my heart and make me smile during these dark times.

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  7. That is funny. I have to say that I do feel sorry for parents trying to entertain or school their children at home.

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    1. So do I, especially those families who don't have a garden for the children to let off steam.

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  8. I love that letter and that you can still see them from a distance.
    We did home school for 6 months when we moved twice in a year - it was OK but the children were desperate to get to their new school when we moved! And they never moaned about going to school after that

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    1. That must have been quite an experience all round, Sue, but well done! I had so many changes of school as we followed my father's postings. Some were good, others were harsh, and I was always the new girl!

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  9. I think your grandgirl's letters are wonderful. I had not trouble reading it in the original. How sweet she recanted.

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    1. It is so easy to tell when she is fired-up about something, her spelling goes to pot as she rushes to get it all down on paper! Makes me cherish those letters even more!

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  10. She obviously reads your blog Elaine! And has sussed you out. I won’t be surprised if you get grounded any day now!

    By the way I am with her,.. surprised? No! I thought not!

    LX

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    1. The day she finds out about this blog I shall have to start being more careful about what I post!!
      She is a girl after your own heart, Linda. She puts together the most disparate bits of clothing and manages to look fabulous in them, just like you.

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  11. How fortunate that she has Owl Wood to play in. That can count as her science/biology lessons for sure. My daughter who used to teach 1st grade is schooling her 6 year old through her remote kindergarten lessons. It's a learning curve for everyone including the teacher who is generating the lessons. The 3 year old has some lessons too but mostly from her speech teacher. It hasn't been easy at all. Everyone needs some white space including the parents.

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    1. Yes, teachers have worked very hard putting together the learning packs for the children, as well as setting up all the online things, too. I saw the long (after school) hours which my daughter and her husband, as well as my younger son, had to work to get things ready for their pupils. A huge and continuing effort. Some people will just huff and puff and think that teachers are simply having an extended holiday on full pay!

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  12. This gave me a good chuckle this morning. So cute...although I'm not sure it was meant to be cute. but it is nonetheless. xoxo

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Lovely to hear from you!