Today, the morning of the party (and after I'd spent a goodly sum on nutritionally useless party food in Tescos) the Pool staff phoned me to say that there had been a break-in at the pool and lots of broken glass in the water. The pool would need to be drained and cleaned....the party was off.
Sonshine has never had a big party for his entire class before. Usually we give him the option of a party or to do something really nice with a couple of good friends, and he usually takes that second option. This year was the first time he'd opted for the party. I was really upset for him.
To give him credit where it's due, he simply shrugged his shoulders and said it couldn't be helped. Tertarus and I looked at each other incredulously. Where was our son who sulks when things don't go his way? Who was this paragon of virtue playing with Nibbles the hamster?
My next task was to try to phone 35 kids and let them know the party was off. Since I didn't even know most of their surnames, you won't be surprised to learn that I had no contact numbers for them either. However, one of the advantages of living in
The net result is that I have a huge red LEGO brick shaped birthday cake for 40 people sitting in the kitchen, calling me with its siren sugary charms....so far I've had one slice.
Sadly, it was a slice 12" long and 1.5" wide.
I'll need to start distributing it to other people tomorrow or I'll be diabetic by Monday.
Everyone that I've spoken to holds the same two thoughts: Firstly, 'What a shame for Sonshine' and secondly, 'What kind of mad bastard breaks into a Swimming Pool?' What was he after - a fix on Speedo trunks? Did he have a lucrative contact in the underworld for goggles and nose clips? Could he not live without a hot chocolate from the machine?
I believe that the police might have a bit of an idea who the offender is - but lack of evidence prevents them from going round and
We'll be rescheduling the party for a date during term time. By which time the Lego brick cake will be long gone and I'll be on insulin.
Any suggestions as to what I could do for Sonshine to make up for this let-down?