Thursday 3 April 2008

The Divine Miss M, Batman & Robin

Introducing the Divine Miss M, who at 112 in dog years has the body clock of a bat in that she sleeps all day and wakes at about 11pm for a bit of a play and mooch in the garden. Miss M belongs to a close friend and when I go to stay with them she is the dearest, funniest character although I think her nocturnal habits can be a tad exhausting to her mummy!

I was so tired yesterday that I was determined to get a decent nights sleep for once and be in bed by 8.30pm. J phoned just before that time and as I love my children, I pretended to be delighted to hear his voice. "Mum can you go in the loft and bring down the Batman and Robin outfits?" he asked. (Don't even go there and say that what I do with my weekends is my business - like the messenger did at work this morning).
"Oh you know I hate going into the loft," I groaned. "What do you want them for anyway?"
"Tomorrow. And Mum can you get the gorilla outfit from my wardrobe too?"
"What gorilla outfit?"
"Mum, the one in the big yellow bag, you can't miss it." Kisses blown down the phone in a last ditch attempt at persuasion. "I'll come into your office first thing tomorrow and collect them."

So, there I was at my desk this morning when K our wonderful Head Receptionist called and said that J was waiting for me. Apparently, he and 'Big Dave' (no idea who he is) were driving around the island today following the De La Salle Island Walk - this is an annual event where the students of J's school walk 36 miles around the island raising thousands for charity. J has managed 24 miles a couple of times and finished the course for the past two years and ending up with hands like bananas, but I digress. They were going to cheer the others on and take drinks etc. Naturally, he also needed money which K, our lovely head receptionist kindly gave him (I did remember to pay her back thankfully).

He has now returned home and informed me that he & Big Dave had a great day driving to various check points and cheering their schoolmates on. J as Robin and Big Dave as Batman (as he is the larger of the two he got the more manly outfit). Apparently it was too hot to go as a gorilla. He has now gone to phone Monkey - no not someone dressed as a gorilla, that's his nickname - I upset his mother who came to collect him some years ago from the house by shouting "Monkey!" up the stairs for him - well how the hell was I supposed to know that his name was Michael and that his mother knew nothing about his nickname. Oh the joys of parenthood.

I suppose that I can at least be grateful that he isn't shy and for once I can't say that he takes after his father by doing this. Not that I have ever dressed up as Robin, or Batman, or any other superhero for that matter.


Yvonne said...

LOL! Sounds like J and Big Dave had a great time. My friends 30th is a fancy dress thing - I'm going as those teenaged girls who walk around my area dressed in pajamas and ugg boots. Easy!!!

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

yvonne - it sounds like your friends 30th will be great fun. I once went as Deborah Kerr in the King and I - dyed my first wedding dress (a meringue of a thing) blue and it worked well.

HelenMWalters said...

Dressing up as anything is always fun! People should do it more!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like they had a brilliant time! are you sure you havent dressed up as Batman or Robin...or Cat Woman? X

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

helenmh - I agree, I think people relax more if they are dressed as someone else.

motherx - they did and he was exhausted by last night. Maybe if I went on diet I could dress as Cat Woman.

Christina Phillips said...

lol this reminds me of the time the mum of one of my son's friends came to collect him. She asked for Luke. I had never heard of this friend and gave her a blank look. After a bit of a panic, I suddenly realised who she meant and yelled into the house, 'Flea! Your mum's here!'

I don't think she was very amused.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

christina phillips - lol. I know exactly how you must have felt. So funny. I'm not sure what's worse as a nickname, Flea or Monkey.

Anonymous said...

I know it has nothing to do with your post but when I was reading this I couldn't help think about the incredibly funny scene involving Delboy and Rodney some years ago when they rescued a councillor from a group of muggers. And I loved the Monkey story, could just picture your face!!

CJ xx

Karen said...

I'm not a fan of dressing up m'self (bah humbug anyone?) but it sounds like this was for a very good cause :o)

If you have a look HERE
you can work out which superhero you should be! I'm the Incredible Hulk amazingly.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

crystal jigsaw - LOL, I can just picture them as Delboy and Rodney! Monkey's mother still doesn't smile at me when I see her.

karen - to be honest the last time I dressed up was for a party two years ago.

I should be Spiderman or the Incredible Hulk. Why not Cat Woman or someone like that?

Lane Mathias said...

I'm amazed you have so many costumes stashed in your loft (and wardrobes)!
What else have you got up there?:-)

Glad J and Big Dave - sorry Batman and Robin - had a good time. Sounds like a great day out for them:-)

Hope you manage to catch up on some sleep:-)

Jenny Beattie said...

I'm bah humbug too. Next month I have to dress as a James Bond character (Oh poo).

But, my husband's name (Ok, nickname) is Beast. Everyone calls him that. My brother didn't know his real name until the day of our wedding.


Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

lane - it was a case of 6 children in the summer holidays and having to keep them entertained so we used to have an annual summer party and they spent the holidays preparing decorations etc for the party, hence so many costumes.

I've actually caught up on my sleep this morning, which was great.

jj - you'll probably enjoy yourself, it tends to break the ice at the beginning of the party when people are in fancy dress and at least there's always something to talk about.

Beast? I'm intrigued, I've never heard that nickname before.