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Only son is six next week. He’s been thinking hard about what he wants to do for his birthday. He has decided that he wants an arts and crafts party. A very specific arts and crafts party because it has to feature t-shirt design, specifically t-shirt design for Just Dance 2014.
The aim is to reproduce the costumes on JD 2014 by the end of the party. Only son has already had a trial run and, when asked what he wants for his birthday by his grandmother, requested a purple t-shirt. This may seem a straightforward request and his grandmother appeared quite chuffed at the prospect of an easy gift requiring little research. Previously he had requested a dissecting kit. But there are no easy present requests. The purple t-shirt in question has to look EXACTLY like the one in JD 2014.
Anyway, back to the party. I searched the internet, but could find nothing in the value range for t-shirt design parties so I have decided to do my own. How hard can it be? I’ve got fabric paints and vests off e-Bay and I’m ready to go. I suggested inviting Spiderman who swung by last year after going through a difficult patch with MJ which left him unable to use his Spidey powers to shoot webs and stuff. Instead Spiderman led a lively session of the duck, duck, goose.
The only problem with inviting Spiderman again is that Spiderman has grown a little since last year and may no longer fit into the Spidey costume. Plus I made the big mistake of mentioning after Captain America: Civil War that none of the characters were real as I thought only son might be a bit scared of them. However, I forgot that Spiderman was in the film. “So Spiderman doesn’t exist?” he asked with a look of incredulity. You could see the thought forming in his mind – “Who on Earth was at my party last year?”.
I backtracked a bit and said I just meant Captain America and the gang. Clearly Spiderman – and Ant Man – are very real. He looked a bit perturbed. I’m not sure why I did it really because only son is not afraid of any superheroes or indeed anything much except Numberjacks. Numberjacks completely freaks him out. It is his equivalent of Agatha Christie – whose name we are not allowed to even mention in our house in front of daughter three. Most specifically, only son finds Spooky Spoon – a floating pink spoon – absolutely terrifying and he’s not too fond of the Number Catcher. He happened to catch a bit of Numberjacks the other day and woke up in the night screaming. The Numberjacks are now completely banned in our home.
Luckily, Spooky Spoon is not on the invitation list to his party. We’re on birthday countdown now and the excitement is mounting. Meanwhile, daughter one, in mid-GCSEs, spends her non-revision time reliving the Eurovision Song Contest. I feel I have heard the Polish entry about 300 times now. Will these GCSEs never be over?
*Mum on the run is Mandy Garner, editor of Workingmums.co.uk.