Wednesday 15 June 2016

The 'A' Level Anthem

At some points over the last few weeks I've found myself singing these lyrics as the teenogre navigates the sometimes choppy seas of exam taking. I had never appreciated how nerve wracking this is when you are the parent and you are standing on the sidelines cheering them on, consoling, reassuring, scolding them [no you can't go to the pub every night and drink copious quantities of lager just because you've just turned 18 when you've got revision to do tomorrow] and most important of all never letting on that you are nervous too. It's one of the best kept parenting secrets.

Tomorrow morning I shall mentally be in the exam hall next to him willing him on and counting down until he's finished. After that it's only two more papers to go and we can all breathe. To date he's had a few minor wobbles, but by and large he's coped well and has recognised when he needs to let off steam going out for a run or kicking a ball round with his mates....and yes there have been trips to the local hostelry and ale imbibed...just in moderate, manageable levels! Anyway here's "Another one bites the dust" by Queen. I'm quite sure it wasn't written with exams in mind but it seems highly appropriate in places!


PS Today is my third blogging anniversary. Thanks to all those kind folks who drop by for a read of my ravings!!


  1. Bless you. Fingers crossed for him and Happy 3rd anniversary mate. xx

  2. Happy 3rd blogging anniversary and good luck to the manboy for the rest of his exams,

  3. We're going through similar stormy waters here too - Eldest has fortunately finished his A levels and is now going through that tense limbo time waiting for results so he can confirm his choices at uni and my Youngest is still wading through his GCSEs, he has only 5 more to write - he had 22 in total?? what?? talk about stress levels :(

    1. I can relate to that. We will be waiting hopefully for the results too. He's got conditional offers but has decided to defer for a year.

  4. Strangely, I have no memories of my three doing their A's, and waiting for results. They all did OK though. My best wishes to your son, I remember the anxiety WELL.



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