mummy - daughter days
having realised that i was fast becoming "persona non grata" in the fashion department, i decided to make the most of the few departments in her world where my presence is still welcome. enter: dates! morayo-hope looooves a date, especially with her dad. but as he was away over the weekend i decided to take advantage & make some time for the two of us.
during the week she'd suddenly started obsessing over fairies. she decided to read some chapter books given to her by one of our neighbours back in the UK, and all her conversations were around fairies. "mummy, do you believe in fairies?", came the first question. in the interests of keeping in step, i decided to reroute the question in her direction (i was not failing this test! yes, i view everything as a test nowadays!).
"ofcourse i do mummy! fairies are real! i'm a ballerina fairy, what about you?".
"good!", i said, "i do too, but fairy business is very secret so i wouldn't want to share with an unbeliever. oh yes, i'm a fashion fairy".
"yes mummy! make sure you don't tell daddy! otherwise he'll turn into a goblin! and he'll get confused dancing at the fairy party because a spell has been cast on them by the snow (something-or-other that she said), and did you know that unfortunately Queen Elsa from frozen is involved with that snow (something-or-other) so i'm not really sure i like her anymore. it's all complicated."
well, that escalated fast.
but, i was ready to clutch onto the "dad out, mum in" straw so i went with it. "i have a surprise for you tomorrow. after we drop judah off, we are going somewhere special for just us two!".
it's never a good idea to tell a 6 year old about a surprise happening anytime beyond now. i made it through the rest of the evening and the next morning till we arrived at Roger Williams Park in Providence. Her little face lit up brighter than the morning sun as she saw the sign: Fairy Garden Days. She was giddy with excitement as we went in and began our exploration! There were 200 fairy houses to be seen, woven seamlessly into the beautiful plants and water displays within the 4 greenhouses. "Fairies are real mummy!!" she squealed.
she also got to make her own fairy wand. by the time she finished making it, she was ready to eat. it was exactly 47 minutes into what i had planned on being a 2 hour visit. there was no cafe in this place and the food trucks we'd been told were going to be there had apparently decided there was more money to be made elsewhere on this suddenly very warm & sunny day. so, just as swiftly as we'd rushed in, we made a beeline for the exit and headed straight to our favourite eatery in Providence: Frisky Fries! i don't know what voodoo they put in their fries but i dare you to taste a finer fry! And the menu combinations are insane! anyway...we headed there and the colour and smile returned to her ashen face as she consumed those fries.
as we stepped out of the place, i felt pretty chuffed with myself. she seemed genuinely pleased with how the morning had gone. as she re-acclimatised to the non air conditioned outdoors, she mumbled - "why didn't you give me short-sleeves to wear. this shirt is not cool in this weather mummy!" (i had tricked her into wearing an outfit i said was more appropriate for where she was going - she couldn't possibly pick as she didn't know where we were going...and i couldn't find her fairy wings. that clearly backfired.) i guess the fashion chapter is firmly shut then. oh well, i'll take 2 out of three!