Deb's Digest
Debbie Atkinson’s family life column, as featured in the Southport Visiter.

Thursday, 8 February 2007

Has anyone got a cure for an everlasting cold and cough? I'm now on my second course of antibiotics but can't stop this hacking cough and bunged up nose.

I've just had a morning's drama with my mother. She rang at 6.30am to say she'd decided not to go to Scotland as planned, because of the snow. After talking her round I collected her and took her to Preston station, carried her case up the stairs and down the stairs (hacking away all the time). The train before the one she'd booked was running an hour late and was due to arrive on Platform 4 (which is where we were standing) any minute. Fantastic, she could travel even sooner than we'd thought. Then the departure board changed the platform to 6 - over the staircase again. We ran and just got there as the train was pulling in. I shoved her on and then for some inexplicable reason, shouted to a Virgin steward to check that it was the Glasgow train. It was the London train - the Glasgow train was arriving right then at platform 4. I pulled her off and prepared for a hike over the stairs again. She sat on a bench and declared that she was going home.

Anyway eventually she got a train. I'm just about to light the fire and settle down with anti-biotics and throat sweets, looking out at a grey sky and snow and the phone has just rung - it was Mum "blue sky and sunny here," she said.

I hardly dare mention the London son in case he ends up on the Innocent blog again but he's rekindled his love of cricket and is going for a weekly practice at the nets. But, true to form, they're not just any nets, oh no. He's practising at Lords Cricket Ground!

The artist son has work in just about every magazine in the art section and a London gallery is after some of his drawings. If Charles Saatchi is reading this (haha!) please take a look at his website - You could be the one to discover him. He and his new wife will be homeless next week. They've sold their flat but can't move in to the house they're buying for at least two months. If they can't find somewhere to rent, pretty sharpish, I can see they'll be sleeping on our floor.


two of the magazine pieces

From being back to just the two of us, we're likely to have a houseful again, I don't just mean the newlyweds - our daughter is planning to make our house her own from September, when she'll be starting an MA at Chester.

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