This is the latest installment of The Cameron Diaries, you can read the last installment here:
Today Cameron, I was adamant that I was not going to do any housework and spend as much of the day as possible with you.
The original plan for the day was to go down the road to the shoe mending shop, go to the bank, go to the shop and then back up to the park for the rest of the morning. The afternoon would just be you and I and we would have lots of fun doing different activities.
But as you will learn later on in life Cameron, things do not always go to plan. It turned out that the shoe mending shop was not open and I desperately needed my shoes re-heeled for a wedding on Friday. So we only had one option, we would have to get the bus and go into town.
Mending Shoes – A New Experience
We went to the shoe mending shop and you watched as they put new heels on my shoes. You were very fascinated with this as you had never seen it before.
We had to go into Boots to get Daddy some throat sweets for his “Man Flu” and this is where you had your first experience of the escalator. I can’t figure out why I haven’t taken you on it before. Anyway you were nervous of it and I had to help you get on it. You held on to me tight, not quite understanding what the hell was going on. I helped you jump off at the end. As we walked away from it, you kept looking back to look at it, clearly still quite puzzled by it. When we went to go down the other escalator you panicked a bit, so I helped you on and helped you jump off at the end.
We then got the bus home so we could get some lunch.
Whilst having lunch I decided that we would go Victoria Park for the afternoon and make the most of the fact that we had an ‘All Day’ bus ticket. I explained to you that we were going to Victoria Park on the way to the bus stop, but you thought I meant the park opposite our home. You got quite upset when we walked past it. I cheered you up at the bus stop by singing and doing the ‘Hokey Cokey’ with you.
First Time On A Double Decker Bus
When we got into town we had to get another bus to go to Victoria Park. Turns out it was a double decker. You had never been on a double decker before so we went straight upstairs and sat at the front.
You loved being this high up and enjoyed peering down at everyone in the bus station.
When the bus started moving, you sat on my lap so you could get a better view.
It wasn’t a very long bus journey until we got to Vicky Park. Your face lit up when we walked into the park, however you were a bit unsure to let go of my hand and go and play. I think this was because it was so packed.
You wandered around looking at all the things you could play on and then something caught your eye.
This is your absolute favourite thing in the whole park. It costs £1 a go and it has been there since I was little.
You had two go’s on it first.
You were not happy when I told you that we needed to go and play with something else as we didn’t want to run out of money.
Feeding The Ducks
I said that we should go and feed the ducks instead. You were not happy about this, but as seen as you saw the ducks you forgot all about it.
I broke up the bread for you whilst you fed the ducks. A female duck got impatient with you holding the bread in your hand for too long so came and took it off you. You laughed at this and continued to hand feed this duck bread. There was no fear from you whatsoever.
You then turned your attention to the sea gulls that were fighting each other over some bread. This was absolutely hysterical to you, so started throwing bread to them to encourage them to continue. Your laugh was so contagious you had a lot of other people around you laughing as well.
Back In The Park
We headed back into the park and you ran straight back to the merry-go-round. This was turn number 3!
You then went off to play in the park. You were still a bit wary of all the others around you, but you were also bossy to the children too, telling them to get off as it was yours! I had to have a word with you about this.
You pointed to the bumpy slide indicating that you wanted to go down it. You gestured that you wanted to sit on your lap. I must admit I was not looking forward to this as I remember from when I was younger how much it hurt my bottom. And I was right. I landed with a thud on the wet sand. But rather my bottom than yours. You laughed and gestured that you wanted to go on it again. Two more times we went on it. I had a very numb bottom afterwards.
After we had been there a good couple of hours. I explained that we would have to go home soon. You ran back over to the merry-go-round where you had your fourth go.
We then left the park to go and get the bus. You were not happy about this in the slightest and kicked up such a fuss and got very upset. You refused to get on the bus, I had to pick you up and hold on tight as you as lifted your arms up making it very difficult for me to hold you.
By the time we had got off the bus in town, you had calmed down. We went to see Uncle Seppe at his work and then went to the pound shop where I bought you a toy car.
When we got home, we had tea and then played for the rest of the evening.
You were tired by 7pm but refused to go to sleep so I let you read for a bit.
Night Night Monkey Bum
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