What can I say? A trip to the seaside looks so much better in my head than in reality. The funny thing is though, on the way there The Husband and I were discussing the pros and cons of taking our children abroad. Yeah, that’s never happening. We couldn’t manage two hours in Hunstanton.
I’d packed a picnic, I was excited, I love the seaside. The children wanted to stay in the holiday cottage because they are boring beyond belief. We didn’t care and took them out anyway. That was a bit of a boo boo.
It was freezing. When we left the weather was glorious, we were dressed for glorious. We pushed on. What I mean when I say this is we sat in the car and ate our picnic while counting how many layers passers by were wearing.
“I want ice cream. Can I have ice cream please?” said the hardiest of us.
Well why not? That’s what folk do at the seaside. I decided that if ice cream was the game then inside was the aim. We found a cafe.
Half way through my cappuccino and my single scoop of New York cheesecake ice cream . . . .
“I need a poo”
Now then, I’ve heard that many children will poo on a public toilet. I’ve never seen it, thankfully, but I have it on good authority that it has been done. That’s not the case here.
“My tummy hurts” she said clutching at her middle.
Clearly this was happening, they’re was no delaying it.
“Oooh” she’s doubled up at this point.
We break into a trot.
“Mum, can you spell poo? P and an oooo”
It never ceases to amaze what a good education can achieve, she looked so pleased with herself. I was pleased for her. Anyhoo, onwards and upwards.
We’d been at the seaside almost a full hour, not bad, not bad at all, that’ll do. We go back to our holiday cottage.
Our host is in her garden.
“Hello there, have you had a good day?”
I pondered on a polite answer. I wracked my weary brain for something, anything, positive to say about our trip out but I had nothing. I plumped for the truth.
“No. No, not really”
There, I said it, it was out there. I felt better for it. I then inhaled a whole packet of Jaffa Cakes. All was well in the world.
Tomorrow we’re off to the seaside.