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Waiting for the results...

“When can we get him up?”

“He said not before 10am.”

The large Scottish Qualifications Association envelope sits on the kitchen table, unopened. I glance at the clock for the 3rd time in 5 minutes. It’s only quarter past nine.

“We could steam it open…”

45 minutes later I bang on his bedroom door. “Rogan, there’s a large SQA envelope waiting on the table for you!”


“Rogan, are you getting up?”

“nnnNNNgggghhhh… soooonnnnnn…”

10 minutes later he comes down the stairs and disappears into the bathroom. Maggie is washing the dishes so hard the patterns are coming off.

Eventually he enters the kitchen and lifts up the envelope.

After fiddling with it for a while, he pulls at one corner of the sealed flap. It starts to tear open, then about 2 inches along the length it breaks off.

Maggie turns back to the dishes, scrubbing so hard they are becoming transparent.

Rogan hooks his thumbnail under the edge of the remaining flap and starts to tear. Another inch and it breaks off again.

“For goodness sake. Do you want a knife to open it with?”

“No, I’m fine.”

He tears a bit more. It takes 6 attempts before he’s opened the envelope.

Oh god, he’s now reading the covering letter.

I glance at Maggie. I’m sure I can actually see her heart pounding.

Finally Rogan slides the top sheet away and looks at his results.

“Aw no, I got a B for English.”

B? B is fine. B is good. What about the others?

Everything else, top marks (As or 1s depending on the exam type).

Proud parents.


Nan said...

Woohoo! Congratulations!

Unknown said...

Sweet! It is so excellent to have a good reason for transparent dishes.

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Gee, that boy sure took his time, keepin' his po' parents in suspense, haha.

Well done, Rogan. I mean, well done in your exams [not for keepin' your parents on tenterhooks :-D ]

Jasmine said...

That's awesome! What are the exams for, standardized testing? Sorry if I missed a previous post explaining them.

Katie Roberts said...

Oh my god! Awesome ~ WELL DONE ROGAN! (I mean on the marks - not the torturing of parents that is!) ;)

Katie Roberts said...

Oh my god! Awesome ~ WELL DONE ROGAN! (I mean on the marks - not the torturing of parents that is!) ;)

hope said...

Nicely done! Well, except for the torturing the parents part. We have a family member who opens Christmas gifts like that...we've learned to merely walk away. :)

The Lassie & Laddie said...

Wow, that's awesome!!

Falak said...

Are the patterns still on the dishes? It's always fun to keep parenst on their toes when exam results are out but only when they are good ;)

Congratulations to all of you :)

Ruthie Redden said...

Oh my I so know that feeling, i would be stood by the gate waiting for the postman. I remember one year getting the biggest pile of logs chopped as i tried to keep my anxiety in check lol. The very bestest of congratulations.

angryparsnip said...

Congratulations to Rogan on the great test results.
Now if he can only learn how to open an envelope
so his parents don't have a heart attack all will be perfect.

cheers, parsnip

Anna van Schurman said...

Congratulations. I hope the plates are safe for a while.

Vicky said...

Awesome :)

Kim Ayres said...

Thank you Nan, Carole, Guyana-Gyal, Jasmine, Katie, Hope, Lassie & Laddie, Falak, Ruthie, Parsnip, Anna and Vicky :)

Pat said...

I can't believe your patience. but you got there in the end. I knew from FB and was delighted for you all.

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Pat, and for taking the time to write on Rogan's FB wall :)

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