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06 January 2011


I've got this one on my TBR list so it's good to see another review on it.

The quotes about crying on their first night in prison however, took me instantly back to a night in January 1974 - my first night of boarding school!!

Oh, Heidi,
Now with a little baby in the house, Mr. CR asked me the other day how hard it must be to send a kid to boarding school. I'm sorry if you didn't have a good time in one--I hope it got better after your first night.

I used to bawl my first night away from home no matter where I was--a cousin's house, college, etc. (well, I cried more than a few nights with homesickness in college) so I can't IMAGINE being locked up away from home. Holy shit.

Do let me know what you think of this one. I just finished it and yes, I think I can say I really liked it.


I had a ball at boarding school, my first one especially was great fun, it was like St Trinians, we were very naughty, we had a lot of free time - we had classes in the morning then were free all afternoon until 4pm when we went back to class until 6pm.

After the first few nights of the first two terms, the homesickness went and I never cried again. I used to look forward to going back to school. In fact, my sister and I upset our mother by making an end of holiday worm our first holidays - at school it was traditional to make an end of term worm which was a sort of caterpillar/worm of paper circles counting down the days until the end of the school term!

In some ways I feel boarding schools are great places for adolescents, they are with the people they want to be with (their peers) with minimal hands-on micromanaging of the day.

That said, I have three children, twin boys now almost 19 and a 10 year old daughter. Looking at my daughter now I can't imagine sending her away (I was 10 when we went away). And when they were 8 (the age both my sisters were) they seemed way too little.

As an aside, I read your review of I'm sorry you feel that way and sent the quotes about parenting boys to both my boys - so spot on!


I'm so glad you enjoyed boarding school, if you have to go. I had fun my first year of college too but I still had a lot of homesickness. Pathetic! Thank you for the fascinating thoughts--I've never known anyone who went to boarding school! (Roald Dahl doesn't really count, as I've only read his books.)

I'm glad you enjoyed the parenting quote--it made me laugh out loud, it was so spot on.

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