The 7yo is thoroughly chuffed to be in Year 3 at school. He can see the Upper School from his classroom, he's officially almost big.
He has been playing tag rugby for three years now but this is his last year of tag, next year he will begin full contact rugby. In an effort to be bigger faster, he has been nagging for a gum shield.
'Please can I have one Mum?' he pleaded. 'I'll put it in my sports bag [at school] and never use it.'
I resisted until his teacher suggested that he .... might.... use one for matches and that the price of a gum shield was less than new teeth. Good point.
Tonight there was great excitement as a pan of water was brought to simmering point, the 7yo watching every bubble rise to the surface. This was not an insane initiation ceremony for new rugby players.... or at least I don't think it was!! No, this was the molding of the gum shield.
- Take small excited boy
- Take 1 gum shield (preferably ridiculously coloured)
- Dunk gum shield (not child) into decanted simmering water
- Whip scalding gum shield out of water and force small child to stuff it in their mouth (none of the namby-pamby 'blow it, blow it' of olden times...)
The 7yo is now far less keen on being bigger.
On the subject of the paralympics she, who shall be nameless .... let's just call her Mil-ly, has told us she's been enjoying the spectacle of it all on the TV.
'You should see those paramedics run,' she said.
Must be the go-fast stripe on the green jump suits.