We have recently met up with our NCT group. In 2007 there were six fat ladies and six husbands, in 2012 (having lost touch with one couple) there were five ladies, of varying sizes, fives husbands, also varying sizes, and 11 children.
It was the first time we have all been together, with all the children and husbands, and we had great fun, particularly remembering the NCT lessons. All those years ago, when we really knew so little about how our lives were going to change, however we still remember our NCT teacher, who was new to the job. Poor girl, in her “class” she had three teachers, an Army officer, two doctors, a highly qualified sales and marketing director, a couple of secretaries and a land management bod. She needed a bit more confidence and didn’t stand a chance, as we asked questions and queried this and that. In the pub afterwards, we had much pleasure in dissecting her lessons and spent many a fun evening discussing whether there was an introduction to what we would learn, learning it and then review what we had learned (as the teachers explained how a lesson should be done!). It was not all bad and we did learn something, but, more importantly we’ve made some great friends.
The children got on well together, there were of course tears and tantrums and ‘sharing’ issues to resolve, but it was a rare sunny day and there was plenty of outside space for them to whizz around in. A treasure hunt, toys, space and a sunny day kept the kids happy, and the parents chatting.
With one couple heading overseas, there’s no telling when our next gathering will be, but I know we’ll stay in touch and will all enjoy watching the children growing up.