I’m not sure it’s the ‘done thing’ to arrive at school with the letters V.I.P written in black ink on the back of both hands. Yet IJ has done exactly that this morning.
When I noticed this walking out of the door she reassured me there was no cause for alarm. The letters simply stand for Very Important Person. I feared they might.
I am pointing the finger of blame here at the Guinness World record team. During our recent trip to their Headquarters in London, IJ was given a V.I.P pass with her name on. She thought it was absolutely fabulous and has been wearing it with pride after I made the mistake of telling her what the letters V.I.P actually stand for.
I fear this have gone to her head somewhat. This morning she reminded me that she is a very important person and I added that so are all her friends.
“I still don’t really think it’s appropriate to have V.I.P written on your hands,” I told her.
It turns out that she has left her all-important V.I.P pass in her tray at school, so the writing-on-the-back-of-the-hands trick is simply there to remind her to bring it home.
“I’m worried someone will try to steal it and start wearing it,” she explained. “Like my teacher.”
So she has gone off to school happy in the knowledge that she will be bringing her V.I.P pass home and no-one will be able to use it for devious purposes.
But hang-on ….
I’ve now noticed that there’s a magazine lying open on her bed with a photo of JLS in concert. Surrounding the stage there are people wearing backstage passes. I have a feeling her urgency to get hold of her V.I.P pass has less to do with her teacher wearing it and more to do with her belief it will give her access to concert venues.
I’m wondering now if Guinness World Records can spare one for me …