A while ago Jo berated me, and rightly so, for not writing the actual blog posts I'd headlined here http://forninepounds.blogspot.com/2008/01/fragment-notes.html
So, by request, and because I know there's no chance of me actually writing all of them properly, here they are in reduced form.
Under 9s football
This was my favourite. My eldest plays football for a team and a couple of weeks ago they were in the middle of a match with a quite colourful referee. One of the parents is a huge pain in the arse. He's got a great little kid who's quite talented as a winger but the daddy is quite pushy and harsh about his son. Yells at him a lot during the game. Rich too. They're kids for crying out loud.
Now don't get me wrong, there should always be a bit of constructive banter going on but this guy comes down on his kid like a ton of bricks for even the slightest mistake. My tack has always been positive reinforcement. Say nice things when mine does well, commiserate when he doesn't. They're only kids.
So, yelling dad is on his usual rant to his little guy, starts a bit of "Go on (insert team name) here"!!!! Will ya put a bit of effort in or you're going to get hammered" etc etc for good measure. Referee goes over to him, tells him to lay off and that if he doesn't, he'll kick him out of the park personally. Not a word out of him after. I've been waiting for this for a year.
Out of his face
Not too sure about this. Think it was an overheard conversation on a bus about college kids bragging about how out of it they get. Probably would have been crap and preachy.
Late bus, school run
Just how I'd noticed that if I take the later bus into work, I hit the school run. And how I hated it because I notice all the parents bringing their lovely kids to school. Something I don't get to do anymore. Probably would have been self pitying so best left too.
I have now lost three wolly hats in the last 8 weeks. One on the bus, one in an airport, one into thin air!! I can't keep them for love nor money. Probably only of interest to me.
Light patterns on your retinas
May have been pissed when I wrote this down.
Separated fathers everywhere
See "Late Bus, School Run" above. When you become one you just notice them everywhere. Coffee shops, shopping centres, trains, play areas in park. Again self pitying so out.
Kids and coffee
They drink a lot of it these days. Just head into any coffe shop ealry in the morning and count the uniforms. Again, boring.
See? I may have been right in the first place.