Before I went back to work a very wise friend told me to go through in my mind exactly what a perfect day at work would look like, right from the trains running on time, to pulling perfectly reasoned arguments out of the ether and demolishing all my opposition in record time, to coming home, my welcome, the time I spent reconnecting with the family, and the time we spent together catching up on all our days. The idea is that it creates a sort of mental muscle memory, a bit like Olympic athletes imagining themselves bringing home the gold in the build up to the event.
I thought about pulling into the drive, getting out of the car, having the girls come rushing up the front garden to meet me, and Pip trying to clamber over the doorstep, the big hugs and going inside, sitting down and holding them tight while Kitty told me about her day at school, and that’s pretty much how Friday went. Except there were whisperings, mutters of a secret and a surprise. A secret and a surprise that was a present that Elma had for me. Did I want to see it? Well yes please, absolutely.
I was told to shut my eyes, pulled forward, pushed to the side, and, still holding Pip and evading his attempts to run off with my glasses, sat down on the arm of the chair.
A voice said “Play! Open your eyes!”
And that’s how I found out that on a whim, and to make the best of a day full of glorious sunshine, H had taken Elma and Pip to Hatton Country World, a sort of mini farm park north west ish of Warwick. And so that neither Kitty nor I would feel as if we’d missed out, they made me a video of everything they’d done, from guinea pig spotting to slides and a very special chick, now named “Flying Chick”.
So for this week’s ordinary moments I’m turning you over to our special correspondents: H, Elma and Pip, and their moments from what looks like a wonderful day out.
By way of notes:
- Kitty started asking if we could go too within about the first millisecond.
- It looks awesome, I’m sure we will.
- H reckons that in the three hours they were there they only covered a fraction of the site; apparently there’s an amazing soft play but the children were so happy with tractors, sand boxes and the petting zoo that they never got any further.
- Pip thinks going down a slide like that is absolutely hilarious. H also said he’d been down on his bottom three times and then when the camera came out decided to pull out all the stops!
- This may be one of the loveliest presents that I’ve ever ever been given.