Jo Worgan column

Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.
Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.

Well what an incredibly fantastic day we had last Thursday, and that means all of us.

Tom was at Unique Kidz holiday club, so Andrew had decided to take myself and Stephen to Windermere for a boat ride. He had found a hire company online called, Windermere Lake Cruises, so after dropping Tom off at holiday club, we set off on our adventure.

I have to say that the idea of sitting aboard a motorboat, extremely close to the water, did frighten me a little, as I have never been in any type of rowing boat before, although I have been in a peddle boat, many many years ago, but because Stephen was so excited, I thought to myself, ‘blimey, you are nearly 40! Get a grip’

So, I decided to embrace the challenge... and I am so very glad that I did.

When we got there, surprisingly we managed to find a parking space, and then once the hire company had been located, we were able to hire a boat straight away. I thought we would have to queue up so this was an added bonus.

It was an amazing experience and so much fun, fuelled, I have to admit by Pringles and chocolate from the hamper that we had took along.

The real joy though was watching Stephen and seeing how much fun he was having, he loved it. This was a treat just for him. He kept saying, “We couldn’t bring Tom” adding that “he would jump in the water shouting AAAGGGHHH”. This I thought was scarily accurate.

What holiday club allowed us to do was to have a special day with Stephen, knowing that Tom was safe and having fun, we saw some lovely photos of him playing in the sand and with the toy trains, and this is what makes specialist childcare and provision so vitally important.

This short break allowed us to take Stephen out and to have a bit of fun. We all love Tom dearly, but at the same time we have to be honest and also admit that we need this little bit of restbite.

Holiday club is also fantastic for Tom as it helps to establish a routine while also allowing him a little bit of independence in a safe and secure environment. Therefore we all benefit.