At last, nearly there. What a relief to get away from M& D, much as I love them.
Barbs has similar problems with her parents and Terry also. What is it with our parents? They seem to be bored with life. The only one with a bit of spirit is Grandma.
So one last visit before term time and I've lugged Terry along to meet her.
'What a nice surprise' Grandma said on seeing them at her door 'tell me all your news.'
'Well, Terry and I went to see West Ham lose. I think it will be some time before we go back.'
'So Terry, what have you got in mind for the future?'
'Well, apart from football I'm not much good at anything. I shall be having exams at the end of the year and then I'll see what to do. I may stay at school a bit longer.'
'You young people are having such a raw deal over getting employment and training, I know that.'
'Yes' said Penny 'we think the Government is a real pain.'
'They seem to be more of a pain than most of them.'
'What about you, Grandma, what are you getting up to?'
'I go for these exercise sessions to strengthen my heart, which is not so strong as it was. Then I go for trips with the social club. I like my Telly as well and read quite a bit'
'What's your favourite programme?'
'My Mum watches that.'
'It can be quite good. What's your favourite Terry?'
'Match of the Day of course. My Dad refuses to get Sky because he hates Rupert Murdoch, but I can see games at a friend of mine's and there are some on the main channels.'
'Murdoch is mot my favourite either, I must say.'
'Well Grandma, we must be going. Nice to see you again.'
'Lovely to see you Penny and Terry as well. I see you two are an item.'
'How did you know you could use that word like that?'
'I'm on the ball, my love. Just like Terry.'