Number 1 son is away this weekend at Reading Festival, the first time he's been away with friends apart from organised school/college trips. He's a sensible boy although slightly empty-headed at times - for example the college trip he went on to Brussels a short while ago which I described here.
He's never been to a festival before and as a family we never go camping so it was a steep learning curve - added to that he didn't want to take anything which was deemed to be "un-cool",
like a waterproof!
Camping isn't the type of holiday I've ever wanted to try, partly because due to the family's cricket commitments the optimum holiday time for us is January/February. Much as I like the scenery of the great British outdoors in say Derbyshire or even on our own Norfolk coast it wouldn't be ideal camping weather in January!
Anyway we packed him off on the coach last Thursday with a tent (borrowed and possibly not waterproof!) a sleeping bag, shorts and t-shirts as it was going to be hot - he refused to consider the possibility of rain, and some biscuits!
I requested 1 text a day, if it failed to arrive I promised I would start to phone all of his friends before I called the police! The texts have arrived, very brief ones saying "all is ok, I need a shower"!
He did cause some amusement at the cricket club by texting a team mate, at 3am on Saturday morning, to ask how the match was going! The reply he got was something along the lines of "I'll let you know once the match has started; in roughly 10 hours time!"
They all had a giggle and assumed he may have had a half of lager - it is possible of course that he'd managed to get a drink on his very limited funds but I do know my son - he never knows what day of the week it is, his head is permanently in the clouds!
We're expecting him home later today (Monday), we have to pick him up at 3pm in Norwich; well I say expecting him home, he may not arrive despite the fact I booked him on that particular bus.
The last thing he said to his Dad as he dropped him off last week was "see you on Thursday".....