It's Thomas' school leavers play tonight. They're performing Pirates of the Curry Bean. He didn't want a part so volunteered for back stage crew and from what he's told me he seems to have had a brilliant time organising props, scenery and the 'actors'.
He brought a letter home last week saying that the children would be kept in school at the end of today and given something to eat to save parents having to come backwards and forwards picking them up and dropping them off. It's a good idea even if there is an ulterior motive. Sometimes children go home and don't return, even if they have a main part which can cause big problems for staff.
So everybody is staying at school - that is, everybody apart from Thomas, because of his food issue. I had to ring the teacher and explain that he comes home ravenous every day not having eaten a thing and while I'm OK with that because I feed him as soon as he gets in, there's no way I can let him go for 12 hours without eating anything.
So, every other parent is having a nice break while we've picked him up as usual to feed him. I've just taken him back so he can get a quick rehearsal in, then we'll be going again at 6.45pm to watch the show.
If he ate his packed lunch I would have sent him with 2 so he could stay but he doesn't eat at school full stop so there's no other way of doing it.
And after all this to-ing and fro-ing we will only see him right at the very end when he comes on stage to take part in the last dance.
I'm patting myself on the back here for being a very supportive parent tonight lol.