There’s a wonderful blog I read called “Free Range Kids” by Lenore Skenazy. She advocates more or less giving children the same freedom and independence that their parents had when they were young.
I think she would have enjoyed tonight’s episode of Corrie.
We open with Peter and Leanne bringing the recently returned Simon over to Ken and Deirdre’s. They ask him how he got home on his own.
“I took two trains and a bendy bus. I would have been home last night but the trains were cancelled three times. I don’t suppose there’s any chocolate milk going?”
“How did you find the train?” his dad asks
“I know how to read a time table. I followed the signs to the train station and bought my ticket from one of those machines.”
He also says he slept in a photo booth. He said he had to get away as he heard that George was going to take him to Berkshire.
When George shows up, he doesn’t get a warm welcome but offers profuse apologies for letting Simon out of his sight. He says that he knows now that Simon’s place is with the Barlows and not with him. And then he kind of slithers away for good.
Not much else happened in the episode, really.
Oh, except that Gail McIntyre got arrested for Joe’s murder, “contrary to Common Law”. After Tina went to the police after her dad’s funeral (in which she rightfully declared the Platts to be monsters) to tell them Gail asked her to lie to the cops.
So they picked her up at the wake and brought her in for more questioning. When her stories finally didn’t add up, she was arrested. Even though she’s innocent, I still cheered a little. And if the murder charge doesn’t stick, the charge of excessive whispering definitely will.
Oh, and Molly’s four months up the duff. She showed Kevin the ultrasound and everything.
“You told me you were on the pill!!!”
“You told me you were going to leave your wife!”
So, not entirely unplanned then. Well, she thinks this will bring Kevin around. She is wrong. This is a man who has been wearing that purple jacket for twenty years. He doesn’t not change his life easily. He says that, at 44, he doesn’t want a baby (which, of course, means he’s gettin’ a baby), and that he’ll have nothing to do with it beyond what is legally required of him. He also offers to pay for an abortion which prompts Molly to kick him out.
And the best news of all: Rita’s back from her cruise around the world!