So, onto the coach we climbed, and headed off for our adventures. Riding the donkeys on the beach (it's the law!), a lovely lunch with my parents (who still live just up the road), a trip on the merry-go-round, and an afternoon in the splash park meant we had a wholesome and fun filled family day out in the sunshine. It didn't cost us a great deal, just a couple of £s for the rides, and more importantly, it didn't take huge amounts of planning from me.
|Our new friend Fred|
In fact, Squeaky's very favourite part of the day was climbing onto, and jumping from a large rock in the playground of the splash park. The local council spent thousands on converting some old wasteground into a fantastic park, and she's more interested in a rock. Figures.
My favourite part, on the other hand, was chatting to some of the other parents on the coach, and hearing what they had to say about Squeaky.
I mean, I know that much like Mary Poppins, she's "Practically Perfect in Every Way", but when you hear from other parents that their children say to them that "Squeaky's a big girl, but she still talks to me, I like her", or that they report back every day on whether she was at the group that day, and are really sad on the days she's not there, it's quite a thing. (And for full disclosure, as I was writing this longhand in my notebook at the local soft play, when a grandparent came up to me and complemented me on how nicely Squeaky was playing with her much younger granddaughter)
There are times when I worry about her, that she seems shy, or doesn't seem to know how to ask to join in a game with others, and finds herself left on the sidelines. But really, it seems I have nothing to worry about.
Our day in the Somerset sunshine is linking up with Coombe Mill's Coutry Kids Linky.