Wednesday 5 September 2012

Gagging to play rugby....

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.

  1. Take small excited boy
  2. Take 1 gum shield (preferably ridiculously coloured)
  3. Dunk gum shield (not child) into decanted simmering water
  4. 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 gagged and gagged and had I not yelled 'Take it out,' he'd have vommed the delish dinner of roasted chicken thighs, garden salad and fresh baked rolls, eaten while watching the paralympics.... Not on my watch!

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.


  1. Rugby season! I've been charging round today to buy rugby boots (had completely forgotton) & managed to get the only pair left in the whole of Norwich - gum shield next......
    Love the paramedics too!

  2. Jay: Paramedics, bless! Big race tonight - can't wait.

  3. How fun. I miss those days. Not enough to wish them back, just enough to enjoy your stories and remember. Enjoy this time.

  4. Hi Lou, I had a good laugh reading your post. I have it all to come next year with by 6yo boy. Steve

  5. C.Joy: It is fun (at times) but I can see the days whooshing by and the babies turning into real live people..... with their OWN opinions. Outrageous!

    Steve: The mouth shield saga was so less stressy with the 9yo (girl) the 7yo's reaction was so much funnier *naughty mummy*

  6. Aaahh, Lou, last year I forked out over £50 for an Under Armour gumshield for The Boy. He plays at No. 4 so in the scrum and he insisted that this new one was the best on the market. I mean, fifty effing quid! Now he's moved over to rowing where a gum shield is not really of any great value and said £50 item languished in a drawer gathering dust. Do you suppose there's much of a market for second hand ones. Probably not...

  7. Wylye Girl: £50!!! Surely there must be a post from a clever blogger or a YouTube by Blue Peter telling how to make such an item out of some discarded bubble wrap and stickyback plastic.

    ....[Thinkin' thinkin' ... ] Is sticky back plastic Selotape or double sided tape? V confused.


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