I went on a cake-decorating course for the first time yesterday. Not really the type of thing I ususally do. My husband is king of the kitchen, so I make only the occasional foray into the world of baking, usually just around the time of the little people's birthdays, and then I ususally make it up as I go along, often to the great amusement of my husband. So the cake-decorating course was probably more about having a few hours to myself and doing something new.
But thanks to a great teacher and lots of expensive cake-decorating toys, the results were astounding. Look, I even made the roses! By the time I was on my way home, (driving at 20 miles an hour to preserve my precious cupcake cargo) Gertie was due at a birthday party and Daddy had taken everyone with him, so I had a few more unexpected hours on my own.
Joy of joys - this meant that I could tidy the house whilst no-one was there to mess it up as I went along, (and admire the greatness of my cup-cakes in solitude). Such peace. I even read the paper. It's the little things.
So for a little while I could pretend that I was one of those cupcake mums who has a tidy house and is in control of everything. Calm down: I said, 'for a little while'. By 4.30pm everyone was home, chaos ensued and the cupcakes were demolished in a hundredth of the time it had taken to create them.
And we discovered that Gertie had head-lice...resulting in a mad dash to the chemist and the destruction of my smug, 'I-can-do-this-motherhood-lark' feeling. See - it's the little things.