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Holidays turn to horror

At the end of a summer filled with family illness and 999 calls, this FE teacher is thankful to be back in college

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It’s been a tricky summer for the House of Simons. Everything that could have gone wrong has done so in spectacular fashion. Parents’ health has rapidly deteriorated. Passports and friendships have expired sooner than I would have liked. Family ventures have taken a turn for the unexpected. And even the basic assumption of safety within my own walls was bulldozed. Honestly, I wake up every morning preparing for battle with a resigned, “What now?”

Having gone a full 42 years without calling 999, in the space of three weeks I called the number twice. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there won ...

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