Assistance is required; S O S; dot-dot-dot dash-dash-dash dot-dot-dot; save me …
Somehow none of these seem right
In reaction to my plight,
Which has just achieved its heyday …
Oh, I know the one I need,
And I’ll utter it at speed,
It’s a most emphatic, ‘MAYDAY’!
The thing is, at this time of the year the younger pair of grandkids have birthdays. R turned eight yesterday, and J becomes five on Tuesday. This means, in the mind of their dear Mama (Younger Daughter) that it is Party Time. Cakes at J’s school. Parties for adult relations and parties for adult friends, all spread over several days with much catering. Those started on Friday, and the last one (I hope) will be tomorrow. After that there is still the ferrying of cupcakes and decorations to J’s school on Tuesday …
Then, of course, there was the kids’ party. That was yesterday. It was the culmination of weeks of work in making decorations and party packs etc. – all on a cat theme – and had a record number of eager acceptances from R-friends-and-classmates-and-their-parents and J-friends-and-classmates-and-their-parents. We needed to take over an entire school as the venue, where a good playground is laid on. YD augmented this by hiring a giant inflated jumping castle.
Also as part of the entertainment came puppies, a ferret, a terrapin, a tortoise, two owls, the compulsory bunny, a large selection of four-legged reptiles and snakes in assorted sizes, and a goat. These distractions were just as well, because the weather chose that morning to change from the steamy heat of the preceding days. Fortunately it started off with only cold and drizzle, which didn’t really put the kids off much, but towards the end the sky-faucet was being cranked open and by afternoon rain was belting down, encouraged by gale-force gusts. We packed up in the nick of time.
All in all, though, it has been Mayhem well before April panicked and left.