Uniform agreement

Published Monday, 13 August 2012
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It's the time of year dreaded by parents and children alike. And it's NOT going back to school. Worse than that, it's the purchasing of the school shoes.

It marks, unspoken, the end of a summer of freedom. A summer where you only had to wash your face if it was really dirty, of falling asleep on the sofa and playing with friends all day long. A summer of quality time.

I will be devastated to see my big two go back. We've had great fun out and about, having friends over, and visiting in far flung parts.

But the buying of the school shoes means it'll all be over soon. **Sigh**

So off we trudged to the nearest school shoe shop where they measure your feet. After taking my ticket and waiting for three years until the other mums had been served it was our turn.

The wee feet were measured, the shoes picked out and in the blink of an eye I'd spent well over £100. For two pair of shoes and some discounted gutties. And the worst thing about it is that the rate my son is eating, he'll be out of them before Hallowe'en.

"Can you not give him a half a size bigger to grow into?" (me to girl)

"Well we could but he wouldn't be able to walk" (girl to me)


So they lie, the shoes, in their boxes. At the bottom of the wardrobe. Everytime we look at them, we know the lovely (if wet) summer we have had is coming to an end.

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Alison Fleming
Alison Fleming

Alison Fleming is a presenter and journalist at UTV who worked for a wide range of news outlets before joining UTV in 1998.

Her career highlights include interviewing Lord Attenborough and Shirley Maclaine in Belfast and hosting UTV's coverage of the MTV EMAs.

In her spare time, she likes to run and has completed a number of marathons.

Her motto is 'Everyone's different - if we were all the same there'd be no need for assorted biscuits.'

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