It’s official. Munki now sounds posh. Well, to northern ears she definitely sounds posh. It’s amazing how quickly children can pick up a new accent.
I took her for a riding lesson on Saturday and she referred to the little pony she was riding as a ‘hoarse’ rather than as she would have done a year ago as a ‘hoe-iss’. I love it!!
However, it’s only on a surface level, as I realised recently.
If you live in the UK and have watched tv at any point at all in the last little while then you can’t fail to have seen that irritating advert for Gala Bingo. You know the one:
The one with amply proportioned women singing Gala la la. Gala la la. Gala la la hey hey hey BINGO!’
Sorry. That will be in your head all day now. Irritating but effective advertising.
Anyway, Munki was singing it in the bath. I was listening and chuckling away to myself. The I heard THIS:
“Gala la la. Gala la la. Gala la la hey hey hey BINGAW!”
Haha. Not quite so posh after all then.
She went away on a school trip week last week. Not exactly a safari adventure, they were about half an hour away but they loved it. Trying to make the most of child free time we suggested a grown up meal in a grown up restaurant.
Lashes of course had other ideas. She and her dad, Boofuls are partial to a game of bingo and have been out a few times to our local bingo emporium since we’ve lived here. I have been happy to babysit and get the house to myself. Bingo? I’d rather put pins in my eyes.
“Let’s all have a grown up night at bingo. It’s not often we all get to go out together”. Not wanting to be a party pooper, I agreed, having been assured that it’s different now and it’s LOADS of fun.
We turned up at the bingo hall. Right mum, we have to get you registered. Me, Boofuls, Lashes and Lashes’ beau, The Prof, all stood at the enrolment desk. Who’s enrolling then, is it you?” the chap on the desk enquired to The Prof. “Actually, it’s me.” I volunteered and then laughed out loud as his eyebrows flew up so high they nearly fell off his head.
“I’m the last one you thought it would be, aren’t I?”
He agreed that I was and enquired as to how had I’d got to my age without going to bingo. Easily, I thought, it’s more painful than pins in my eyes. I didn’t say it out loud as I didn’t want to offend him or upset Lashes who was clearly enjoying having us all there.
It’s changed a bit since I last played bingo many, many years ago when my bezzie forced me to go as birthday treat. Birthday punishment more like! I remember spending the afternoon terrified of speaking too loudly and incurring the wrath of the assembled matriarchs, or calling out ‘house’ at the wrong time, getting all hot and bothered about keeping up with scanning and marking my tickets quickly enough to keep up with the caller who spoke at a speed I didn’t even think was possible. The whole event was terrifying and not one I’ve been keen to repeat. How on earth could that be called entertainment?
Now they have electronic screens and you don’t have to do anything except watch it and press ‘claim’ when you win. Exciting, eh? NOPE!
There are the big money games though where you have to tap the screen when a number pops up. Ooh, that must be exciting, eh?
The chicken and chips were quite good though and to be honest, it all became a lot less boring when I won a tenner. Shame I didn’t win the four grand, I might have been persuaded to go back for a second visit.
It’s my birthday this week. Happy birthday to me. I’ll be 21 and a few months old. How many months. I don’t know – I can’t count that high.
My natural inclination has always been to moan and bitch about getting older but I don’t do that any more as that’s an option my little brother no longer has and it seems a bit crass to complain about being alive when he isn’t. So now I enjoy life to the full (except for bingo) and make loads of new friends, explore the beaches and learn new skills. Life is good, enjoy it while you can!