Working Mum: It's summer, which means Angry Birds and rucksacks
By Tabitha Ronson
It's the holidays. I am a working mum, so Master A is spending his vacation scuttling from one summer camp to another.
A backpack larger than his frame, bulging with essentials - snacks, lunch, water bottle, wellingtons, Crocs, swim gear, suntan cream, and baseball hat - weighing him down so he is almost walking horizontally, he trudges off without a whine.
Each camp brings with it a whole new set of rules to learn and master; friends to be made, bullies to be avoided. My five-year-old is getting a bite-sized lesson in evolution, the survival of the fittest.
This week, he has learned how to win friends and influence people. Desperate to win a Special Camp Sticker, he has been dreaming up ways of achieving this goal but nothing has impressed these seen-it-all-before leaders enough for them to part with a coveted sticker.
"I want to go as an Angry Bird, mummy!"
I didn't quiet see the connection to the Big Top and Circus theme dress-up day but Master A assured me he could go in any costume. It's amazing what a mum can find when put on the spot.
I rooted around and came up with a canary yellow polythene poncho, courtesy of The Pound Shop (the body), a party hat (the beak), an old feather duster (the tail feathers) and a Marigold glove (the comb).
"What exactly has he come as?" asked the bemused leader at morning sign in.
I didn't get a chance to reply as Master A, like the cock of the walk, swaggered into camp, humming the Angry Birds theme tune.
"Make way, Angry Bird coming through!"
At pick-up, a beaming Master A flew out, sporting his sticker. He was joined by a flock of other App-inspired characters.
According to the camp leaders, they were pressed into changing the theme of the day. So popular was Master A and his costume choice that most of the other children eschewed the face painting options of a lion, ring master or clown in favour of an Angry Bird or a Bad Piggie.
Working Mum, feeling less guilty about not being able to decamp to some exotic locale.