It was noisy and crowded but I think the kidlets had fun
We met the School mascot, Willy the Winthrop Wildcat:
He was attempting to be mascot-y but a number of the older children were pulling his tail and attempting to knock his head off
TT was by turns enthralled and enchanted:
She kept sidling up close to him, laughing uproariously and declaring “cat” but was sadly too shy to give him a cuddle, which quite frankly I think he would have appreciated too.
She did keep wandering out to the front where he had been sitting to try and find him though after the stories.
He and the Principal read all the children a bedtime story. It was very sweet. And he (the principal) is a man who clearly loves his job. I truly think he is awesome.
All in all it was a nice way to spend a little time.
We are also now the proud owners of a sofa bed!!!
We do not talk about the hassle it took to install it oh no.
We do not speak of
- The rain.
- The hoisting it over the (second level) balcony one way and it not going over.
- The re-lowering to the ground.
- The re-positioning and re-hoisting.
- The having to take not one but two doors out of the frames. Yes they were put back!
- The holding of the breath whilst it was manhandled through the kitchen and subsequent archway.
But it is safely installed.
Trying to keep TT out of the way of the workmen was… fun. I mean the cat was easy, we just shut the door to the walk-in when she darted in there to get away from said strange workmen. Who were very perplexed at both my effusive gratitude and my insistence on offering tea/coffee.
I am British – when men are undertaking work for me, particularly hard, strenuous or complex work, I must offer hot beverages. It is a cultural thing. My mammy trained me well.
But the toddler? Oh no. She had to flirt, and hand them shoes and be interested in wide open door frames 🙄🙄🙄
All members of the Shields’ clan approve.
Oh and so far #1 Son has raised $100 for his Turkey Trot next week.
Thank you!!!! Donations are both gratefully acknowledged and would still be gratefully received.