After over a week of rain, we finally had some sunshine. Glorious, hot September sunshine. So Jake and I headed out to the marshes again. Today we ended up in Springfield Park via the Caff on the river, where Jake lost the top half of his Cornetto, bawled (even though I told him I'd get him another one, he picked the fallen half up of the floor and wanted to eat it) and then proceeded to have a nosebleed.
In the midst of all this, three Dads and their toddlers were at the Caff and the little ones decided to rearrange all the chairs. They were obviously not familiar with the angry woman who runs the place, whose special method of anger mis-management is to take it out on children who decide to play with the chairs. I'm not joking either. Last time I took Jake there, he was playing with a chair and even though we were the ONLY people in the place, she kept glaring at him, then roughly pushed the chair back to its place even though he was still on it and said to him rather than to me, "You can't move the chairs, it's a health and safety hazard."
Today, the little ones had lined the chairs up for a show. Chair-rage woman saw it and stomped into their midst without actually looking at them and then proceeded to noisily drag all the metal chairs back into place. One of the Dads noticed and said, "Oh dear kids, this lady is not happy!" and she muttered, "I've got enough work to do as it is without messing about with chairs," then stomped off inside.
I was sure she was going to have a go at Jake for daring to have a nosebleed outside the door of her establishment (health & safety hazard obviously) but she didn't.
Later, we went to the park and were entertained by watching the Dads who'd been at the Caff. One Dad in particular kept getting into intense conversations (from holistic health practices to the cut-throat world of publishing to teenage rebellion) and not quite keeping an eye on his wandering son. Three times the young man got away. The first two times he didn't quite manage to get out of the gates of the park. But the third time, he managed not only to get out of the park but also up the nearby bridge crossing over the river. That one took us all by surprise, me included. The other two Dads with him were in hysterics when chatty-Dad brought his kid back. "That wouldn't be good would it," one of them said, "not on your watch." And the other said, "Oh yes darling, he just went for a little swim."
Watching all this, Jake said to me, "Did he go for a little swim? That's bad isn't it Mummy?" and shook his head.
Later, when they had to go, Jake said, "Oh, they have to go now. That means there won't be any more funny things to see here."
So we went to play in the playground, where I learned that Moomins don't have bellybuttons (a pronouncement Jake made completely out of the blue), and that Spongebob (or Sponboj as Jake still calls him) likes popcorn and watermelon icecream. I also had a moment of wondering if he was in fact my child when he suddenly asked me, "Would you like to come jogging?"
Then we threw dried grass at each other and into the pretend swamp and ran up and down a hill. We also played shops. We took it in turns to be shopkeeper and pretend customers.
When I was being shopkeeper, Jake came in as "Dolly" and asked for clouds. I said, "Oh, I don't think I can get clouds today." Jake paused, left the shop, pretended to go to the shop next door and completed his transaction without any problems. Then he came back to me and said, "You just have to pretend Mummy." That told me! He also came in as a slide (with eyes) asking for a spanner and a tree asking for bricks.
Then, when he was being shopkeeper, I came in as "Dolly" and asked for hair removal cream for my mustache. (Since we acquired her, Dolly has mysteriously gained a scribbled on comb over and a 'tache). Jake perused his shelves and said he didn't have any cream but handed me something else. "Here's a tissue," he said. "Are you sure this will work on a mustache?" I asked. "Yes," he said very firmly. Then asked me for £40.
Finally, I came in as a ladybird.
"What would you like?" Jake asked.
"I'm very lonely and I'd like a friend," I said.
"Hmmm, what kind would you like?" he asked.
"A funny one, and someone who understands me," I said.
He thought about it and then said, "Sorry, I only have one that can sit."
Perhaps it's because these little friends are so nicely designed for sitting:
|South Tottenham with his new friend Gospel Oak (or Ospel Goak)|