Sunday 18 March 2012: The Mother's Day gift you've always wanted...
751/365: ... a small child giving herself hypothermia.
Isn't that what every mother wants? Obviously Maddy thought so because as soon as she clocked that it was sleeting first thing this morning (sleeting... in March... I know!), she was outside in it. Wearing a fetching ensemble of my boots, her dressing gown and a brolly. And nothing else. Motherhood isn't all 'receiving flowers and choccies', y'know. The majority of it involves witnessing your offspring doing a range of peculiar things.
Ever so slightly.
I did get a card from Maddy Moo today which she'd made in after-school club. And a couple of summer bulbs for the garden (yay!)... and tea and toast in bed. All a big hit with me!
Going to Morrison's later on to do the shopping afterwards really wasn't that fun. It was, however, funny to watch the crowds of slightly bewildered looking men in their twenties and early thirties standing looking at the flower and gift displays, bamboozled by choice. The thought process goes 'Crap... Mother's Day... must... buy... something... garage... or... supermarket... supermarket nearer... plus can buy beer... aaargh choice... ermmm... flowers... pink... buy... card... done' *collapse*
They did look confused.
We then made the mistake of listening to the kids and saying that they could have lunch in the café in the supermarket. Fortunately, I remembered how awful it was last time and my appetite disappeared so I didn't have anything. The others did. Sad, grim, over-cooked soggy slush soon helped their appetites disappear as well. :o))
Didn't quite manage to take it easy this afternoon. As soon as the weather brightened up, my brain went 'GARDENING!!!'. So, I've planted another gooseberry bush, some asparagus, done a bit of weeding, put some broad beans (Maddy thinks they're called 'bored beans') in pots and moved my rhubarb from one part of the garden to another. It really was a bit too wet to be doing anything else, though the sleet from this morning had disappeared the weather so far has done sleet, hail, rain, sun, rain, hail and a bit more sun. Settled, it ain't!
Right now, I'm drinking tea. Dinner is in the oven. The dough for a couple of loaves is rising, I'm going to bake a couple of ginger cakes for the children's lunch boxes in a bit and all is quiet.
PS And the kids are making a mess. Again.
PPS And *that* is why mothers deserve Mother's Day.