Friday 17th January
The kids are eating morning tea accompanied by the fairly constant bickering. My tolerance is low this morning. My eyes are scratchy. My head feels full of cotton wool. It's been hot all week. Sleep has been elusive.
Sunscreen is applied, hats found … well all except for one. My patience runs out, we'll go hat or not.
I open the door. The heat hits, rising up from the tiles outside, a hot wind blows from the north-east. My weather app tells me it's 37C. It will get hotter today. They're forecasting 45C.
We walk next door. I struggle to free the lilos and floating chair from their storage rack. Sweat beads on my forehead as I carry them through to the pool.
The kids watch me. I jump. Cool water closes over the top of my head. I let myself plunge to the bottom, before I push off and break the surface. Take a breath. The water isn't as cold as I expected but it's enough to wake me up. I climb into the floating chair. The kids launch themselves into the pool. I lie back.
The Little Girl asks "Are you enjoying the noise?"
"No. I am not."
I close my eyes. The sun beats down on my skin, pleasantly balanced by the cool water lapping my back. I let the voices blend into background noise and drift.
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