A few weeks ago my younger child came to me with a grave face and in a serious voice said, “Mummy we need to have a chat. My reputation at school is suffering because I don’t have something everyone else does!” Of course, he had my immediate attention as multiple thoughts raced through my mind simultaneously; What was he talking about? Why did he look so serious? Why and what was this ‘reputation’ he was referring to?
“What’s going on honey?” I said in my best ‘concerned and empathetic mummy’ voice. “Have you heard of a ‘fidget spinner’ Mummy?” he asked. I confirmed that I had not. “Well everyone at school has one except me Mummy – this tragedy cannot continue!” “Oh”, said I, mentally noting the effective use of his ‘wordbank’ vocabulary words. “What is a ‘fidget spinner’?” I asked cautiously. “It’s a toy that you can spin and do tricks with and apparently it is only £1 at the pound shop according to my friend”, he replied definitely. “Well, if this £1 toy is going to salvage your reputation from being tarnished, then I must get it for you tomorrow.” “Thanks Mummy – that would be most appreciated”, he said as he walked off triumphantly.
My son has learned at a young age that presenting requests with a bit of humour and dramatic flair will greatly increase his chances of encountering a receptive and obliging Mummy. I had a good giggle at his cheeky approach but it was also a reminder of being young and wanting something that all your friends had but you did not. I remember when ‘poison rings’ were the accessory of choice to have in your silver jewellery collection and everyone seemed to have one except me. I wanted one so desperately but could not find one at any of the shops I went to. I remember finally finding one and being so excited to wear it the next day. I am surprised that I still have it and have not lost it after all these years (my ability to retain items can be a bit lousy). I still enjoy wearing this ring and hopefully I can hold on to it for many years to come.
I have been looking for a pair of gingham skinnies and I found this fantastic pair at Tesco. I have paired them with a white shirt and a black leather jacket for a simple and effective monochrome look. Additionally, I have accessorised the outfit with silver jewellery including my chunky silver pendant in white and black beads to add a touch of the unexpected.
I hope you enjoy this look and have a great week ahead. Thank you so much for reading my blog. FYI: I did not find a £1 fidget spinner at any shop – it was more in the region of £4 so it would seem that my son has also learned that requests that come in at the cheap end of the spectrum are more likely to be attended to!