Working Mum: Always picking his moments
By Tabitha Ronson
Like any child Master A has his moments - it's when he chooses to express them that's exasperating.
He came top in his spelling test so, as a reward, I took him to Waterstones to get a new Jack Stalwart book (Any parents wanting to get their boys interested in reading really should check out this series).
On the way to the bookstore, I reiterated we were just popping in to get the next book in the series.
Alarm bells should have sounded when he replied that he thought his classroom achievement was more deserving of a toy than a paperback.
With my car parked in a 10-minute waiting zone, we had to be quick. I dashed straight to the seven-to-nine section and prised the next Stalwart from the shelf.
While I was at the counter, Master A was eyeing up a stand of Top Trumps. Then I spied one of the other school mums with her two boys.
I have a very uneasy relationship with this particular mum ever since she and her mother described Master A as "exuberant" in a not too complimentary tone.
Her two boys ran straight to the children's section both picking out books and sitting on the cushioned floor absorbed in their content.
Meanwhile, Master A was whining in a loud voice how he wanted the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Top Trumps set instead of the book I had just purchased.
The mum made a beeline for us. Not wanting to give her any more ammunition, I greeted her with a smile (false I'm ashamed to say) while at the same time trying to lose the pack of cards and comport Master A in quiet bookworm mode.
It was in vain. Master A, too familiar with my tactics, hotfooted it up the stairs, loudly declaring his love of Top Trumps and dislike of reading.
As I took flight after him, I glanced the mum shaking her head in dismay alongside her two Peter Perfects.
Working Mum, finding the funny side after eventually locating Master A in the Psychology section, leafing through his new Jack Stalwart.