It’s my birthday and I’ll shout if I want to

29 May
How did my birthday degenerate in such spectacular style, I thought to myself at around 4.30 pm this afternoon.
Two of my three little ones were howling in unison – 1.5-year-old was following me around the flat, roaring and practically pulling my skirt off in her urgency to get me to pick her up which I couldn’t do because a) I didn’t want to and b) I was trying to gather up water bottles-nappies-wipes-shoes-socks-coats-more stuff so we could leave the house to go out for an early supper for my birthday (my birthday treat to myself).
3.5 year old was howling histrionically as I had apparently dropped a shoe on her tender little hoof and it hurt – A LOT.
This is not how birthdays are meant to be celebrated, I observed ruefully to myself.
I then did exactly what all the parenting bibles tell you not to do. I started shouting – quite loudly – at both of these two little people – to STOP SHOUTING.
Baby seemed quite startled at this show of noisy force coming at her from my direction, and this temporarily  stopped her howls.
I shouted SORRY VERY LOUDLY at 3.5 year old about the foot incident and shouted again NOW YOU HAVE TO STOP SHOUTING COS I SAID SORRY.
I then carried on grabbing random stuff, while shouting in a maternal guilt-tripping way that they are too young to understand that they were RUINING MY BIRTHDAY . I may even have stamped my foot (yes I am turning 5 today).
Finally ready to leave the flat. Trip trap trip trap down the stairs to the ground floor. Drag the buggy out of the hallway and outside.
And then finally, breathe in some fresh air and we were all in transit, either in buggy or on two feet, heading towards the restaurant with the tantalising image of chips with ketchup by the bucketful awaiting us.
And peace was restored.

8 Responses to “It’s my birthday and I’ll shout if I want to”

  1. Abigail May 29, 2018 at 17:58 #

    BRILLIANT Red! One of your best:) xxx Happy birthday …”you know you make me wanna SHOUT ! Kick my heels up and SHOUT…C’mon now don’t forget to say you will”…;p HUGS

    • rebeccainspace July 19, 2018 at 16:10 #

      Thanks sis ! I don’t think I ever replied to this! xx

  2. Anonymous May 29, 2018 at 19:16 #

    beautifully written, with so much familiar truth. so glad to learn that it’s not just me then. xkatie

    • rebeccainspace July 19, 2018 at 16:11 #

      Yes, definitely not in this alone my dear!! lots of love xx

  3. Aliza M Hausman June 1, 2018 at 03:35 #

    Hilarious. Happy 5th birthday. 😉 Miss you.

    • rebeccainspace July 19, 2018 at 16:10 #

      Thanks! – and Happy birthday to your new princess in the meantime!!! I don’t know why I didn’t get to reply to these messages! xx


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