We were getting ready to go to the fireworks on Saturday night. This was actually our second fireworks display in the name of Bonfire Night this year, which I know seems a little excessive.
But the first was an unmitigated disaster. It took place at the local cricket ground, and we were doing our best to enjoy the fair rides in spite of the pouring rain, when the display began. Daddy saw just the first few sparks before Gertie began screaming with terror. Gilby, shocked by the dramatic reaction in his older sister decided that fireworks must therefore be the scariest thing on the planet, and he went off like a rocket. Eddy wasn't particularly impressed either. Daddy bustled them all into the home team dressing room, to wait it out like an air raid.
I decided that it would be better if I didn't hang about inside the men's changing room, so made the most of being able to watch the fireworks. Spectacular though they were it wasn't quite the same without my family. At least I got to see something, unlike poor Daddy who came home muttering about the extortionate cost of the tickets. The evening was gunpowder, treason and flop; a damp squib, so to speak.
So it was with a carefully orchestrated Plan B that we were heading off to the in-laws who live on the village green opposite the field of the display. Grumps would stay at home with them, whilst Daddy and I and Eddy could saunter over and enjoy the display. Hooray! Except that there was another unfortunate damp start to the evening.
I was in the bathroom, putting the finishing touches to my make-up. Tricky these days, since I barely remember how to apply it. In my haste, I dropped my mascara wand. Straight into Gilby's freshly-filled potty, with a resounding 'plop'. It was, uncharacteristically, for me, an expensive brand, as it had been a birthday gift. I felt like creating a tantrum to rival Gilby's, but managed to reign myself in: I only had myself to blame for lax potty-emptying. It's fair to say that I wasn't in the best of moods as I left the house.
Thankfully, the fireworks were brilliant. And I preferred the cheap old mascara, anyway.