JJ had a beach day the other day. They weren’t allowed to go swimming – I guess the safety logistics of that are too much. Instead they had to break up into groups and build a sandcastle. each
JJ brought home his group’s plan the night before and a list of things he had to take.
It included food colouring and sand monsters (aka plastic dinosaurs).
I knew as I handed over the blue food colouring that something would happen but as a parent, I thought, I’ve got to trust him don’t I? I can’t even remember what the food colouring was supposed to be used for and as I had to work I couldn’t witness the sandcastle creations.
I arrived at after school care to pick him up and this is what I saw!
I ‘calmly’ asked what had happened and didn’t outwardly didn’t over-react while inside I was thinking ‘what the hell’. Apparently another kid had taken a bottle of blue food colouring as well and the lids had gotten mixed up. JJ put his bottle with the loose lid into his board shorts and it leaked all over his shorts and his leg.
Something like this would only happen to him.
He was more worried about my reaction to losing all the food colouring. He obviously didn’t realise that I might be more worried about removing blue from everything.
Trying to think of the positives, Iwas glad he didn’t put it in his school bag.
He didn’t argue with me when I asked him to have a shower that evening, and luckily I was able to wash the blue out of everything.
Oh, and his group won the sandcastle competition. It wasn’t the blue food colouring that gave them the edge either, it was the ‘sand monsters’.