This photograph was taken in May 2004, three days after becoming a single parent. I remember it being taken!
It was during the half-term holiday,and in a state of TOTAL confusion I had a work diary appointment to meet with a Church Architect on that morning. Their office was only 200 yards away from where I lived. Robert, the senior partner, realising I was late, decided to pop over to my house to see where I was and what was happening.
For some reason, I had woken up that morning thinking I would still be going to work?? On that same morning I had also decided that the thing to do was empty the living room and have a “mass clear out”. The girls, as you can see, had clearly decided that this same morning would be “dressing-up time”.
As you can imagine, it’s a photograph that brings with it many mixed emotions. Robert, my architect friend and himself a single dad, said he just HAD to take a picture of the “madness”.
With hindsight I now realise that I was never going to be able to work that day, and in any case, what was I wearing?!
Looking at this photo also makes me realise that time passes quickly. My God, the girls look young!
…and I have to ask the obvious: What is Priya doing with a washing basket on her head…?
For anyone who suddenly finds themselves a single parent with little children, there is a message: Cancel all work appointments – forget the mess in the house – go to the dressing up box and play with your children.
They will need you more than ever!