Playgroup Addict

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Today we should be at playgroup. Wednesday morning is Chatterbox at the Elim Centre..

We are not at playgroup.

Miss Rose seems fine with this, she’s been having a marvellous time throwing egg, cheese and toast all over the floor, tipped her water cup out on the sofa, threw all her toys down her slide, and is now curdled up on the sofa with a bottle whilst she watches her beloved Mr Tumble.

I have a sneaking suspicion that our regular playgroup attendance is more for my benefit than hers.

I love playgroup. I have coffee, eat toast, and chat to fellow mums. There is a very beautiful man there who I enjoy gawping at like a hormonal teenager. Miss Rose can charge around safely and enjoy the company of other children. It’s brilliant. But she is okay missing it sometimes. I’m not!

Being at home isn’t a bad thing. I love my home, it’s a lovely countryside place with our sheep baa-ing happily in the garden and my little ginger dog scurrying around. There is food, there is coffee, and I can slump around in my glasses and no make up without worrying that people will chase me with pitch forks.

I still miss playgroup.

My little car Heidi is currently having surgery. We don’t know if she will pull through. But fingers crossed. If she makes it then we can get to our playgroup routine and again have adult conversation with interesting people who don’t try and force feed you a tampon at 6AM. Yes. That happened this morning.

If you don’t attend any playgroups I’d highly recommend it. I wouldn’t have done if Imelda’s Mum hadn’t bullied me into it. I thought it would be cliquey and stressful and like high school all over again but with more slobber. Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots of slobber, the occasional fight breaks out, and tears are a regular occurrence (not only from the children… being a mum can be stressful) but everyone feels in it together, and everyone has, for just a couple of hours, the company of people in the same boat.

Oh playgroup… I shall return… save some coffee for me.

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