We have just left the house. All of us are wearing odd socks (In fact I think my son is wearing MY socks) we are late for pre-school, I've forgotten the rain cover and I haven’t even had coffee yet… It’s THAT type of a morning.
It’s freezing and wet. Where’s the damn sun gone?
‘I really should have remembered your raincoat’ (I say to no-one in particular as I often do). My son who talks to my daughter like my mother talks to foreign people… LOUD, over pronounced and VERY slowly says ‘MUMMY FORGOT YOUR RAINCOAT! SHE REMEMBERED MINE... BUT NOT YOURS.’
She replies ‘Oh.’
My Lil Man translates back to me ‘Mummy? She says she is FREEZING, ICE COLD and REEAALLY NEEDS her COAT’
’Did she? Well, I think she will be ok as we haven’t got far to go’ I reassure him.
Shaking his head he says with a very serious look on his face ‘No Mummy She Won’t’ and then shouts (so loud that a group of Mums with their quiet, appropriately dressed for the cold children can hear.)
‘Mummy says you ABSOLUTELY DEFINATELY CANNOT have your coat!” This triggers my daughter (who definitely shares her Mothers sense of drama) to have a screaming outburst which involves her crying ‘I’m COLD, I’m COLD!’ Over and over and over again.
Aware of the looks I’m getting, I panic and play the snack card way too early in the day ‘Darling do you want some raisins?’ She immediately stops crying.
I take a deep breath and reach into my bag for ….Oh no …Oh NO… Oh NOOO!
Lil Man gets off the buggy board and walks to the front of the buggy, he sympathetically puts his hands on his sister’s shoulders and shouts inches from her face…
‘MUMMY HAS FORGOTTON YOUR RAISINS’.
MissChief bursts in to tears and screams.
‘Don’t wowwy I will look after you’ my son says holding her hand.
Yes that’s probably for the best.