What’s going on here, then?Â Why, several interesting things today!
No. 2 Son is here with his girlfriend, and in honour of their company, I decided to make my first foray into ‘real’ cooking since my op, and do a beef stew with dumplings.Â Now, for this I needed the pressure cooker, and because I still can’t lift much, I had to call upon OH and Son No. 2 for help with that, and with stuff like scraping the caramelised meat and onion sludge from the bottom of the pan before sealing it, and both were very willing – partly because they’re both Jolly Nice Chaps, and partly because they both looooove dumplings.Â And OH said that perhaps if I were to teach him how to make dumplings, as part of his ongoing home cookery instruction, we could have them more often than once a year. Â Son No, 2, on the other hand, said he didn’t want to know how to cook them, despite the fact that he does most of the cooking at home, because he was afraid that if he knew how, they would end up eating them pretty much every day.
Anyway, we were all in the kitchen cooking except Girlfriend B, who, like me, doesn’t Do The Cooking Thing and I asked Son No. 2 what he was planning to do today and what time he needed to go out.
He said he was aiming to leave around 3pm (OH: Well, we can’t have dumplings, then!Â Don’t they take about three and a half hours to cook? Â Me: No dear, dumplings are not supposed to bounce) and he said they were going to a birthday party.
Further questioning elicited the information that the birthday party was being held at Activity World, which surprised me, because I thought it was for kids, but apparently not.Â You can hire this place on an hourly basis, and providing you are willing to pay a little extra for insurance in case you break something, children of ALL ages can play!
So my extremely well-built six-foot-tall son and his equally shortness-challenged friends will be spending a couple of happy hours wearing themselves to a frazzle on slides and swings, chasing each other through three floors of climbing nets, platforms, and twisty tubing, and (I have it on good authority) playing hide and seek in the ball pits.
Now,Â it’s long been a complaint of mine that we don’t do enough to allow our youth – particularly young men – to let off steam physically, so I think this is a great idea!Â I’m sure they’ll have a blast!
And the police car?Â Well, the birthday boy is about to join the police force as a cadet, and that’s his birthday present.
Edited to add clarity – a couple of people seem to think it’s Son No. 2 who is joining the police force.Â It isn’t. He was going to a party held by the future police cadet and was taking the mini police car with him as a gift.Â Sorry I didn’t make that clear!