I’ve been promising Boo a unicorn picnic for a few weeks. Today we finally headed out with magic and enthusiasm in tow on a mummy daughter date by the river…
At 3 years old, this little lady’s days are filled with joy and make believe and the most simplistic of things make her beam with joy. She loves nothing better than to splash through puddles and squelch through mud, dig in the dirt and climb trees. But she also adores pink, dressing up, dancing, fairies and most of all unicorns.
After Christmas, I stumbled upon a unicorn teapot in Asda which I brought and this formed the inspiration of our picnic.
I decided that to make her time extra special I would make the effort to dress up for the occasion and really immerse myself in her world. So with a dig about in the garage, I found a dusty dress which I use for festivals…perfect. Her face absolutely beamed as I showed it to her.
I’d decided on a spot by the river on a bandstand, and given that the weather was forecast as rain it made the perfect venue.
I packed our basket with a few cushions, a blanket, a packet of marshmallows and some cakes, a cake stand, some reusable plastic drink flutes and some non-alcoholic unicorn champagne (Asda/Walmart) along with our unicorn teapot to serve some warm drinks from our flask in.
It would have been so easy to throw on my jeans and warm coat, and the thought of others passing strange glances at us as we walked the streets would usually be a deterrent to immersing myself into Boos world, but I learned a long time ago that other peoples thoughts on how I spend my time with my children are by far the least important thing, I have learned that the most important thing is to do things that make my children smile. To make memories that my children will love. And creating those little memories that will last far longer than any lingering glances from a stranger.
Let our kids be kids and don’t be afraid to share in their world once in a while.
Yes, I may look silly to adults, it may look a little eccentric or weird, it may not be an everyday occurrence that is expected as the norm for adults. But, in Boo’s world the most wondrous thing can be a mumma that shares in the magic that she loves to, to embrace her imagination and to jump full force into sharing her childhood as it whizzes by.
We chose a beautiful spot by the river and walked along the banks looking at the rushing water and spotting ducks before heading to the bandstand to set up our picnic.
Together we set up our picnic. We laid the blanket and she took great joy in arranging the cakes onto our stand. And we tucked in with an abundance of giggles and smiles.
We popped the cork on our celebratory champagne and toasted the occasion. She thought it was wonderful, we chatted about the most random of things and I absorbed her smiles and her beautiful company and it was evident that she absorbed mine.
We did have some passersby staring but I’m not sure how many as I was happily in Boo’s world where we shared an air of no cares in the world.
We took selfies to capture the moments.
Sometimes just throwing caution to the wind can make the best childhood memories.
Spending time with children is the most important thing you can do for them as they grow up. It doesn’t have to cost the world and most often they would choose time with your over the most elaborate of materialistic or costly plans. One-on-one quality time to talk, smile, and just absorb in each other’s company is the most valued of moments that you can share.