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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Small Sprog grows up

Last night, Small Sprog was pestering me to play conkers with him. ''Just once'' I say, because I'm tired and seem to have a never ending list of chores to do, and things on my mind. I feel guilty for not really wanting to. He seems pleased that I have agreed to play. Perhaps this is because he knows that once he engages my attention, I will actually enjoy it and forget my tiredness. Perhaps he has seen me down a few glasses of wine, knowing that soon they will take effect and I will be as happy and silly as him!

He wanders off into the kitchen

I can hear him scrabbling about in the Kitchen drawers. I know he is trying to make a hole in my conker, so that he can fix the string. I know I should help.

I am tired.

There are some banging and scraping noises in the other room, lots of grunting and a bit of sawing. There is silence and then more banging, some scrabbling around, but no cries for help! After a few minutes I stop what I am doing and go reluctantly into the kitchen.........just in case.

But no need. He has successfully made a hole and a knot and presents me with my prize winning conker. I look at his tools. The end of the whisk from the electric mixer, a huge carving fork, scissors and a knife. There is no blood. There is not even a scratch on the worktop, he has used a chopping board! He has grown up, and I hardly noticed.

We played conkers - his way - and as the wine began to unwind my soul, we abandoned the conkers and played air guitar to very loud music. We had fun.

Last night, he was mine


Maggie May said...

He is a brilliant boy! Glad he used a chopping board.
I find a skewer is just the job! (You know for testing cakes etc!)

Furtheron said...

Don't you have a drill he could have used... :-)

Lindsay said...

I read in the newspaper that a bowl of conkers kept in the house keeps spiders away. Am not frightened of spiders but am of mice!

Chic Mama said...

Awww- how brilliant is that! I dread being asked to do the conker hole thing! Son no 2 nearly cut his finger off 2 years ago so am very nervous of all things sharp. :0)

Working Mum said...

Aw bless! Isn't it fantastic when they surprise us like that?

nick said...

I'm surprised some enterprising company with an eye on the lucrative kids' market hasn't come up with a nifty, dead trendy conker-holer. Complete with an even trendier crisp-flavoured length of string.

But full marks to your enterprising offspring. Who knows what ground-breaking inventions lie ahead?

BS5 Blogger said...

Can we see the conker and string, please?

Suburbia said...

Nick, there's definitely a gap in the market there that needs filling!

The Dotterel said...

But who won?!

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

He is a VERY lucky little Sprog to have you as a mummy. Very blessed indeed. YOU are a diamond.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

French Fancy said...

I got all emotional reading this. I've decided - I'm going to be an imaginary mother and live vicariously through you and your blog posts - so lots of poignancy and cuteness please