They didn’t do clapping and banging saucepans last night, did that mean Covid was going away? Freddy didn’t want Covid to go away, he wanted it to stay forever so he didn’t have to go to school ever again and Mummy and Daddy didn’t have to go to work ever again.
Freddy was good at home schooling; he did all the work his teacher set, he did lots of BBC Bites, he liked those and the extra work his parents set because they didn’t think his teacher gave him hard enough work. Even when Mummy was doing conference calls and Daddy was busy on his lap top, Freddy carried on working, looking up countries in the big atlas or writing a story. If he kept being good at home schooling then he wouldn’t need to go back to school.
At the weekend they had had an important conversation with him.
‘The Prime Minister says your class can go back to school, but we have some bad news… now don’t be too disappointed, but Daddy and I have decided you should not go back yet. We are very proud of you doing so well at home schooling and it might not be safe at school; remember how we measured two metres?’
‘Yes and our desks are closer than that’ said Freddy hopefully.
‘What Mummy means is that some of the children who aren’t as clever as you might forget at playtime and bump into you.’
Freddy knew for sure who would bump into him, purposely and give him Covid. He certainly didn’t want to go back to school if They were going to be there.
‘Are the other children in my class going back?’
‘Some are, perhaps when things settle down you will be able to go back.’
Freddy didn’t want things to settle down. Perhaps They would go back to school and catch Covid and die.
At bedtime he listened to his mother talking on the phone, who was she talking to?
‘Yes I know, it’s a difficult decision, we’re just lucky we can work from home and Freddy has taken to home schooling so well. But it’s not really fair on him, being an only child, he needs to be with other children. Yes, I heard about that, extending the end of term.
4 thoughts on “Friday Flash Fiction – Freddy”
Oh, breaks my heart for these C Generation kids. I was bullied as a child, was so scary, even in high school. We didn’t talk about it then, not even to our best friends. Freddie hasn’t told anyone either. 😢
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Strange times indeed for children, will social distancing stop bullies?
School should be a safe place and Freddie needs to be there. ‘They’ need to be removed and re-socialised, along with their parents. Having grandchildren that have been and are going through this, I have long ago lost patience with the failed appeasement methods that schools and workplaces seem to favour (1939 comes to mind). That said, breaking the cycle of cyber bullying seems to have no solution that kids can live with. A final thought, Janet: is it possible Mummy and/or Daddy are also being bullied at work, hence their keenness to continue working from home? 😉
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Hello Doug, I hadn’t thought of that, they may well be home schooling Freddy till he’s eighteen to avoid going to work!