We are working on settling Lily into her new class at school. Most of the children have come to school in large groups from their old kindergartens and she has come with just two, neither of whom she is especially good friends with. It’s called Charlotte’s Playdate Offensive, and it’s where Lily invites little friends around and I get to be Really Fun Mummy.
So yesterday, we broke out of the mould, went really wild and had BOYS TO PLAY. Two dear little brothers were invited, one of whom is newly arrived in Daisy’s kindergarten class, and the other of whom is in Lily’s school year but not in her class. They live just around the corner and the boys’ mummy and I are secretly hoping, should all go well, that in the future Lily and Big Brother will be able to walk to school together.
Anyway, the concept of Boys To Play did not go down well. Daisy declared she did not like any boys, apart from her brother and her father, and would not play with them. Lily was more open-minded but still not sure if it could possibly work. Well, from the first minute on, we could tell it was going to be a resounding success.
We discovered that boys can draw, that girls like cars and that all children like going into a room, shutting the door, switching off the lights and SCREAMING REALLY LOUDLY. This game, while a trifle irritating, broke the ice in a big way and they kept rushing upstairs between drawing and playing cars to have some more Grueselzeit, as they called it. There was a long session of Broken Telephones, in which I kept fouling up the message because out of the whole group, my German was the worst. The children found it hilarious.
I told my husband about it later on the phone.
He: So what was this mummy like?
Me: She’s great. I really like her. We had loads to talk about.
He: So she’s not a nice lady, then.
Me: No, not at all.