Now I Know My A, B, C’s

examsExam results day for The Teenager.

Bitten nails, late-night angsty-chats with friends, contemplating the future.

And that’s just me.

These last couple of months have been an exercise in diplomacy, negotiation and extreme patience:


‘I’ve failed. I know it. I just know it. I have. So there.’

‘You haven’t.’

‘How do you know?’

‘Well, um. Ah. Good point. You tried really hard? And, you went through a lot of post-it notes?’

‘S’not fair. I bet the exam markers hate me. Maybe they couldn’t read my writing.’

‘I’m sure they’ve seen it all, don’t worry.’

‘Mum. You’re, like, so not helping. Please, leave me to my despair and close the door behind you, ta.’

This morning, finally, we got here. The Teenager plonked himself with a grunt onto the sofa and watched beaming kids opening their results live on telly. Probably not his best idea ever.

I went to work (after offering to take the day off and do something nice, like feed the ducks), put my phone on loud and waited. And waited. Phone rings.

‘Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum.’ (heavy panting down the phone)

‘Hello dear!’

‘Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum! I’m in!!’

‘Wonderful! In what, dear? In school? To get the results?’ (non-committal, just in case)

‘D’ur!! Like, I diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid it! I passed, gonna do my A levels, do my A levels, yay, like A levels.’


I collapsed in a crumpled heap outside work.

‘Muuuuuum, just one problem.’


‘You know how I have to register for the next two years? For the A levels? Well, like, I threw out my results from last year. By mistake.’


Long story short, I left work, took him to school and he got a print-out. Sorted.

I dropped him off at a friend’s house before heading back to work.

I was a wreck. He’s out celebrating.

It’s all good. We got there in the end.

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14 thoughts on “Now I Know My A, B, C’s

  1. thats great news!! good job to him! 🙂

  2. Jadeybaby2 says:

    Aww!!! Many many congratulations to him!!! 😀 I remember when I got my results all those many years ago! Lol
    I was annoyed at my results but still got a place and the actual degree so there’s that! 😀 lol meh

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you! Yup, the boy done good in the end. Am hoping his two years of A levels will be even better 🙂

  3. Kirsty says:

    Well done to the teenager. ?? you must be proud.
    Hope all your plans are still going well.
    My husband has decided to walk Ben Nevis in june 2016 in aid of MS after I was diagnosed the day before my 40th just over a year ago now. So I’m proud of him too.
    (Us, Girls aren’t bad either) ? xx

    • stumbling in flats says:

      I’m totally chuffed! And exhausted, lol.
      Just dropped him off to a party and am fit to drop.
      Big up to your husband, that’s pretty amazing 🙂 Best of luck to him!

  4. Lucinda says:

    Congrats to you both, my teenager did well too and is going back to do A levels aswell…phew! He’s out with mates and I’m lying on sofa wrecked. Just two more teenagers to get through GCSEs ??

  5. Mary says:

    Congratulations to you both – sums up my day too. Son laid back about his results, me in bed all day with pain as a result of all the (release of) stress pent up after all these months of trying not to worry. I hadn’t realsied how anxious I was till we got the results and I feel a bit ridiculous about how much I was affected when I didn’t even have to sit the things myself! It’s wonderful knowing that they can move on to the next chapter now.

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Well done!
      It really is great knowing we can put this chapter behind us, like you say 🙂 Whoever said the toddler years were the most stressful obviously never had a teenager going through GCSE’s, lol.
      I don’t think I realised how much I was worrying until I had the phonecall!

  6. Tricia says:

    Well done him, well done you. Xx

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