March: It was the month one seven-year-old girl grew up, developed a sudden interest in pop music, and started singing and dancing with more confidence than ever before. Then, on the day when her mother suddenly crumbled under the stress of something- that-seemed-overwhelming-at-the-time-yet-wasn’t, she proved to have emotional intelligence beyond her years.
I have created a therapist in the making. This is the little girl who wrote a letter to me reminding me to take things one step at a time, to speak to my friends and not to worry, that it was manageable and it was okay.
This little girl is seven. I am exceptionally proud of her. I’m also fine now. Mother-daughter roles are now back as they should be.
This month we have also been:
Dancing: to Dance Juniors for the Nintendo Wii. Were sent this to review. The ‘game’ features over 40 tracks including upbeat dance hits like Surfin' USA and YMCA, TV dance hits such as Hot Potato and The Monkey Dance, and old favourites like the Wheels on the Bus and Old Macdonald. We were impressed with it. Admittedly we don’t have any similar dance games to compare it with, but we played it for hours and it does seem like a really good way to help kids get some fun exercise indoors.
The dance moves are easy to follow and the choreography very professional. I’m not sure I was the height of cool with a remote in my hand attempting to copy the children dancing on screen, but in the interests of this review it seemed best to actually have a go. This game has ended up costing me a fortune as we played it on my sister’s Wii and now I’ve promised to buy IJ a Wii for a birthday as she loved it so much.
Reading: The Woman He Loved Before by Dorothy Koomson. I saw this on the supermarket shelf and snapped it up quicker than you can say “So what’s it about then?” I’ll read absolutely anything by Dorothy Koomson, there is no need for me to read the cover blurb.
I’m such a fan I’ve even forked out for the hardback. It’ll be read from cover to cover in a matter of days and absolutely nothing else will get done until I’ve reached the very last word on the very last page.
Drinking: Robinsons Double Concentrate squash in Orange and Summer Fruits. If, unlike me, you remember this is concentrate, then you really do get a lot more from a drop. It’s available in five flavours – we were sent two bottles to review. The bottles in sizes 1.25 litres and 1.75 litre are both smaller than existing 2 litre bottles yet deliver more servings as you only use half as much. So they are easier to carry and store at home and they last longer.
I like the fact that they are kinder to the environment as there’s less packaging per litre. The bottles also have a unique pour feature and easy grip handle to get kids pouring and drinking without leaving a mess behind. The problem I had with this is that the bottles are actually too heavy for my seven year old to pick up and pour, so that idea didn’t work for us. We did like the taste though, and actually we’ve been drinking these flavours for a couple of years anyway.
Looking forward: to London Zoo on Saturday, two Mother’s Day meals in one weekend and - I’ve been told - a present from IJ that begins with ‘Maltesers’. No guessing what that is then.
Full disclosure: I was sent the Wii game and some Robinsons juice free of charge to review. We played the game then drank the juice - not a bad combination as it turned out!