Izzy gets arrested aged 6
There is one trick that I have learned whilst dragging bringing up Izzy, and that is, if you keep an kid entertained, your house doesn't get trashed. Yep, it is that simple. Find 'em something to do and you spare yourself the trauma of seeing 'I luv High skook musikal' daubed over your living room walls with an indelible marker.
In this vein, last weekend I decided to take Izzy and her chum (whom I shall call Chumski) on a day out. Actually, Chumski's father, Tim, also decided to come because he was at a loose end.
Bloody marvellous. Bring on the fun.
Then, just as the kids were entering the 'zone' with their scientific experiments, an announcement came over the tannoy; 'please note that the Wow How science exhibition will be closing in ten minutes'.
Aw crap. Apparently we should have arrived at 10am instead of 2pm in order to fit everything in.
Izzy's bottom lip started wobbling a bit, and Chumski was looking a bit distraught.
I looked at Chumski's dad, Tim, and said, "oops, I think I got the timings a bit wrong. Same old, same old - great on the big ideas and crap at the execution!" Tim nodded despairingly.
But being an optimistic person, Tim placated the sprogs by saying they could look at the dinosaurs in the NHM instead of doing the 'Wow How' experiments'.
So we still managed to take in some of the Natural History Museum even though the experiments were all packing up.
After completing our tour of the NHM and Pitt Rivers Museum, the fun didn't stop there. Tim had suggested that once we had finished at the NHM, we stop by at the Sheldonian theatre to meet his wife who was singing there. Bloody brilliant idea!
Let me explain. Tim and his wife (Denise), are ardent choral singers, so getting a chance to meet up with her, and then to witness her performing in one of the most iconic theatres in the world was a Brucey bonus.
One of the coppers started radio-ing the police station, and I caught the words 'abondoned and children'. BLOODY HELL!
I remained rooted to the spot with shock, but luckily Tim took the situation in hand. He ran over to the policeman.
"They are not abandoned," he said quickly, "they were just playing in the bookshop and we had been regularly checking them."
Drama over, the group of us decided to walk and get something to eat in an Italian restaurant in the city centre.
And so dahlink, it was an uneventful, yet pleasant end, to a somewhat eventful day. I love eventful days I do. They are ace.
So, have you even been arrested? 'Fess up now.
Annie (Lady M) x