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Saturday, 22 December 2007

Save the penguins...

Perfect Freya blubbed into her Cheerios this morning. The munchkin overheard a news reader lamenting the destruction of the habitat for her special favourite the penguin. She so loved Happy Feet, I fear that she could become quite the Eco Warrior!

"Soon the penguins will have no-where to live," she wailed.

I tried to distract her by changing the subject;

"Have you decided exactly what you would like from Santa dear heart?"

"I would like this, this and this" she bawled. "And this, and this too ..." pointing to a page from The Great Little Trading Company Catalogue that she had been reading under the breakfast table. "And this entire page," drying here eyes.

"Oh my perfect poppet, we must leave some things for the other children. Asking too much for ourselves is not kind, there are those less fortunate than us to consider and they may receive so very little... How will it all fit on Santa's sleigh?" I sang (beginning to panic).

"I would like one of these and all of these too," she continued.

"It really is not good for the environment. We can't have Santa using up all of the earth's resources on your gifts alone now can we sweetie?" I pleaded...

Darling Max could sense my anxiety and came to my support with;

"Freya, it is not good for where the penguins live. For every gift you choose a penguin will die," - shockingly I was so panic stricken by now that I agreed with my super six year old man;

"Yes indeed," I nodded gratefully...

"I shall have just the six gifts in that case," relented perfect Freya, "and that is six each mummy. Six for me and six for Max..."

OHMYGOD!!!

14 comments:

Maddy said...

Well I suppose everyone has to make their sacrifices. As a matter of interest I introduced the idea that perhaps the children might like to buy gifts for each other / their parents/ friends - talk about shock horror!
Cheers

This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"which takes you straight to my new blog.

dulwichmum said...

Lovely Maddy,

I am so glad that you told me that. I was finding your old site kept freezing on me. Happy New year.

Potty Mummy said...

DM, that is a fabulous post. Max's comment made me laugh out loud. And I can just imagine the serious way in which he said it. Out of the mouths of babes, and all that...

Dulwich Dad said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Dulwich Dad!

DJ Kirkby said...

Please be advised of my best wishes for an environmentally-conscious, socially-responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most joyous tradition of the religious persuasion of your choice, and with respect for the religious persuasions of others, or for their choice not to practice a religion at all.

Also please have a fiscally successful, personally-fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to our society have helped make our nation great, without regard to the race, creed, colour, religious or sexual orientation of those
so distinguished... oh and of course some xoxo's from our family to yours!

debio said...

I am soooo heartened to learn that your 'troops' have already mastered the art of negotiation and concession.

With clarity of thought such as this the future looks assured!

Merry Christmas to you all.

Hayley said...

Looking forward to reading your book when it's out. Best seller on the way!
Happy Christmas Bea to you and your lovely family.
Hayley
x

Bathsheba said...

Ours used love reading the Argos catalogue. "Dream on..." I muttered to them as I filled their stockings with freebies from the slush pile at work and health-improving oranges. Ho hum. Now they just want hard cash.
Happy Christmas to one and all.

ALF said...

Hope your kids are happy with the gifts Santa brings them! Merry Christmas!

Milkmaid said...

Oh the little love!! Follow on comment from Maddy's, My little darlings, now with independent means of acquiring money, for the first year have bought gifts for their frankly shocked parents and adoring siblings, it is very touching the thought that went into these presents although they only cost a couple of pounds each
Hope you had and are having a lovely Christmas

dulwichmum said...

Lovely Potty Mummy,

You know that Max said it seriously because that is what he believes, and I fear it may be true! Children get far too much in my opinion. While I was content with teeny weeny trinkets!

Super Dulwich Dad,

Why don't you post more often dear heart? I love your blog so!

Perfect DJ Kirkby!

You take my breath away! What a scream!

Dear Debio,

They really are every inch of me!

Darling Hayley,

I am just flattered that someone wants to publish a book by me. What a blast for the new year!

Dear Friend Bathsheba,

Aren't my pair quite the couple of spoiled munchkins?

Lovely Alf,

You know that they were not happy, they faught all Christmas day - it is now a tradition!

Dear Sweet Milkmaid,

What perfect children you have raised! Could you help me out with mine? I really don't think that I am getting it quite right.

Nic Price said...

This may be just the ticket

dulwichmum said...

Lovely Nic!

Freya so loves penguins! She will be delighted by this in the morning.

Thank you.

Nic Price said...

Watch out, those puffles take some looking after :-)

Happy New Year!