Yeah...it was my birthday yesterday. And, although Valentine's day is usually spent taking the honey out for dinner and lavishing all sorts of love on that one day...it usually doesn't happen around here, because its my birthday. Does that sound selfish?
So, my birthday gift to me is usually just a quiet, lazy day and yesterday started off as such...for a moment. In the morning, the internal phone rang (this is a sort of intercom system between all the houses in our housing complex). Figuring it was the kid calling in alive (as he was staying over at a friends house that night), I was surprised to hear it was his friends mum on the other line.
"The kids were playing outside with those silly BB guns and, well, he was hit in the eye. He says he can see OK and he feels OK, but he has a bruise on his eyeball."
-sigh- 'Send him home.'
This is the moment in which you flash back to moments as a kid and as a parent. As a kid, I can remember my parents telling me all about being careful around those boys with the bb gun, only to get shot in the ass by one of them and screaming bloody murder all the way home (I was 4, I think). Then I remember to only a couple weeks ago when the kids were playing with those guns and I asked what they were doing with them, "oh, we are only shooting at targets."
So, he comes home and he has a big nasty red blotch in his eye. Naturally, Tai-Tai scours the medical books and gives long lectures on eye protection, etc. I just give him the fatherly sort of "what the f* were you thinking?" and he bowed his head in silent acknowledgment.
After that, the day went according to plan. Nothing. Absolutely nothing got in the way of watching the Canucks comeback against the Coyotes. Nothing got in the way of a decent 2 hr nap. Nothing got in the way of watching a little Six Nations rugby (Wales v Scotland). And, to top it off, Tai-Tai finished me off with an amazing array of food goodies for the evening. Hot crab dip; Portuguese chorico buns; Roast beast; butter baked potatoes; salad; and little cherry pie tarts.
Topped all of that off with a few gifts and spending a couple hours with the kid helping him build and erector set model..and, well, it was pretty much perfect.
So, today, I think I should make it up to Tai-Tai with a rousing Italian lunch, complimented with some prosecco and topped off with dessert.