As I was driving Sara back from school today she happened to mention that one of her classes had been on the subject of “Life Skills” “What on earth’s that?” I asked “Oh”, she replied “It’s where we get told about drugs and cigarettes”. How things have changed. In my day none of the teachers did drugs and when we arrived at Uni we were completely clueless. We weren’t even given basic advice, such as how to smoke a spliff and keep on passing it round. Of course, nowadays there’s so much more to learn, with so many more drugs being available.
As for cigarettes, this is a social minefield. I’m told that the thing to do when you go to a party is to take two packs, one for yourself and one to share – the problem being that so many young people are trying to force themselves to quit smoking by not buying cigarettes that you’re constantly being pestered by people saying “You couldn’t borrow me one could you?”. The polite response is not to object either to their manners or their grammar. It’s good to think that my daughter will leave school properly taught in today’s life skills.