John’s Magna Carta,
medieval foundations of
I love technology, enjoy playing electronic games and agree both should be part of childhood. For many children,though, they are the only form of play with opportunities for imaginative play and outdoor adventures disappearing. When we share our news in class, some children only ever tell us what they have done in their computer game. So sad. I am a great supporter of the National Trust – Fifty Things to do Before You’re 11 3/4.
In the last few months my father has become much frailer. He can no longer live in his own home. It is becoming harder and harder to see the vibrant, intelligent, charming man I have known all my life. He has had some amazing adventures, did his duty with bravery and dignity, made sacrifices and, of course, like everyone else made mistakes. Sadly, the people he meets now only see the faintest shadow of that man.
Earlier this week, my frail, elderly dad rang me and all I could hear was heavy breathing and there was no response to my voice. I immediately thought he’d had another stroke. I rang back before ringing the ambulance and starting the three and a half hour journey to see him. When he answered he sounded normal and surprised to hear me. He’d pressed the wrong speed dial button and had put the phone down when he realised. What a relief!