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Arriving late ...

Updated on October 31, 2010

Jason's birthday tea.

'Right, everyone out... come on, we're late already.'

'I can't get my seatbelt off, I'm too tired.'

'Come on mate, let's get into the pub.'

'Thomas, just do it.'

'Aww, but I'm too tired.'

'Good boy James, stay right by the car.'

'I did it right, didn't I Mummy?'

'You did James, well done.'

'Come on Thomas, James has done it without whining.'

'Alright, I'm getting out!'

'Don't talk to Daddy like that.'

'Da dur du du, ta dis, ta duts, du dut, du dut, tas dats, Momas!'

'I know Matthew, I said that. Matthew says you've not to talk to Daddy like that Thomas.'

'Tt, naaaw 'e didn't! He said he wants you to get him out!'

'Oh right, ha ha, come on then Matthew.'

'Have you got wipes and nappies Linda?'

'Er... yes. Okay. Everybody inside, come on, it's cold.'

'Mummy, Mummy, I can hear birds.'

'Oh yes, James. Wow, there are lots aren't there?'

'Yeah, wow!'

'Thomas, calm down, just open the door, stop jumping around.'

'Sorreeeeeeee.'

'Go on James, in you go. Thomas, come on now. Just leave the door, it closes itself, leave it, Thomas, LEAVE IT... Thank you.'

'Matthew, you can walk by yourself in here, can't you?'

'Ta dis.'

'That's right, come on this way then.'

'Go on James, keep going, right down to the end.'

'Did she say she'd be late?'

'No, I'd have said if she had, wouldn't I?'

'Alright, I'm only asking.'

'Thomas, just look around that corner, is she here?'

'No.'

'No Thomas, walk to the end and look properly.'

'Huh, okay!'

'Is she there?'

'No.'

'We'll find a seat Kev, you get some drinks?'

'Yep.'

'Go on boys, over to that big table.'

'No, she's not here.'

'I know, go and sit down.'

'We CAN'T, she's NOT HERE.'

'Do not shout at me Thomas, go and sit down.'

'Alright.'

'What do we all want to drink?'

'An apple juice, two small cokes, and a large one, same as always!'

'Alright, I'm only asking.'

'Right. James you sit down as well.'

'Matthew wants to sit next to me.'

'Da dit das du.'

'That's fine. Now everyone be quiet while I phone Laraine and find out where she is.'

'Mummy?'

'Just a minute.'

'Thomas?'

'It's ringing, be quiet.'

'Thomas?'

'Mummy?'

'Thomas, answer me.'

'Mummy?'

'Both of you! Be quiet, I'm on the phone.'

'Thomas. Matthew's sitting next to me now.'

'Yer, I know.'

'She's not answering. Oh... hiya, it's me, are you coming? ... to the pub? ... what? You didn't say next Friday, you just said Friday! ... Oh no! You're joking! ... you didn't tell me Jason was ill ... Oh no ... right.'

'Mummy?'

'No, no, it's okay. Don't worry about it... well, we'll have our tea anyway, and then we'll just go home, it's fine... no, don't feed bad, it's okay... yep, okay, see you next week, bye.'

'Mummy, are they nearly here?'

'They're not coming Thomas, I got the wrong day.'

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Excellent! Well, even if they didn't believe you, they should have given you points for effort :)

      Linda.

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      neeleshkulkarni 6 years ago from new delhi

      i put on the best act of my life and told them some cock and bull about how life had just been too tense last few days and how our very existence had been at stake and how just that day we had receved the good news that all was now well and therefore in our own misery had forgotten about them and so on.

      dunno if they fell for it!!!

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Oh noooooo, neelesh! Did it turn out alright? At least we were comfortably ensconced in a nice pub, and were able to get ourselves a meal. I think your predicament was much worse :D

      Yes, obviously I was too organised :)

      Linda.

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      neeleshkulkarni 6 years ago from new delhi

      just the day wrong?not the place and the person you were to go with? aaaah you must be very well organised.

      there was this one time we also forgot a day.except it was not a day we were invited to anyones house- it was a day we had invited someone over.We asked them over, being newly married and busy with other things forgot that and went out.Came back round 8 pm and wondered why this particular couple was standing at our doorstep with their 2 kids.we took them in thinking they had just strolled over to chat and started chatting with no indication of dinner when the wife suddenly rememebered why they were there and boyyyyyyyy was there an uproar.

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      These are the bits that I look back on and love :D They make me laugh, if not at the time.

      I have more... I'm so glad I thought to write little things down at the time. My life is simple, but it's rich :)

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Who'd be mom, not me mate, but the world, well half of it, is eternally grateful. They'll thank you one day, honestly!