Living In The Future

28 Jan

Being a dichotomy, I am seldom fully present.  A glance at my watch will tell me Bahrain time but, within a nano second. my astute brain will have calculated English time – three hours earlier – whereupon I can visualise what’s going on back home.  As I awake at four in the morning England is sleeping.   By nine I am well into second lesson and England is stirring – some may be scraping ice off car windows – smug smile.  The time I like best is four in the afternoon when I leave work and England is still grinding away.

Life, of course is not quite so straightforward.  My oldest son works nightshifts and my other offspring are students whose waking hours don’t conform to my neat little daily reckonings. As it happens this is convenient,  as at any given time I can catch one of them on Facebook for a quick interrogative catch up.

Here in Bahrain the weekend begins on Thursday so I am forced to change the habit of  a working lifetime and say. ‘Thank God it’s Thursday !’  to my colleagues on arrival at school.  TGIT !  Doesn’t sound right, but I’m resigned to it.  At work, in recognition of our adoration of Thursday, we are allowed to wear jeans, so it is in fact now dubbed Jeansday.

The really hard adjustment – which I’ll never master – is that semantically thinking  Friday is Saturday and Saturday is Sunday. therefore Sunday is Monday.  If you’re confused reading it , think how confusing it is living it.

It’s time I went to bed since it’s almost nine in the evening –  six English,  tea time – and tomorrow is back to work day – Sunday,  rest day English.  Good night until tomorrow ,  four in the morning – one English – enjoy Sunday and stay warm.   xx

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