Oh dear - major disaster struck this morning!
Picture the scene -
8.10am - twenty minutes until we leave the house.
DH left for work almost an hour before so blissfully unaware of scenario about to unfold - typical! DD1 left for school 10 minutes before, DS has breakfasted, dressed, done his and his little sister's lunchboxes. Mum goes up to wake DD2 alias Noddy or Sleepy Noggin! for the usual procedure of half asleep guided journey through dressing, washing, breakfast, hair brushing and shepherding out of the door to school.
Gentle shake of child in top bunk - has to be roused gently this one - Mum has the procedures off to a fine art (usually).
Mum goes into other room to put on work clothes when a wail filters through from DD2's bedroom - 'Mummy, there's something sticky in my hair - I don't know what it is, I have no idea how it got there!'
Mum smells rat - or rather on closer inspection smells the faint aroma of mint - deduction: chewing gum in end of plait!!! aaarrghhhhh!
Drastic action has to be taken due to the lateness of the hour and the stubborn sticking properties of aforesaid chewing gum.
Mum has to chop off the bottom 5 inches of the plait - daughter distraut, mother not far behind her with a close eye on the clock as time is ticking away rapidly and school and work beckon menacingly.
Daughter is totally inconsolable, Mum ends up almost late for work as she has to go into school to explain reason for child's hysteria to less than sympathetic teacher. Hair (aka DD2's pride and joy) now only reaches waist rather than bottom.
Final net result - chewing gum banned especially from bedrooms until final notice! - especially as it had been purloined from elder sister's bedroom without her knowledge!
Somebody please enlighten me - Whatever possesses us to go into parenthood? Nobody, I repeat nobody tells you this at ante-natal classes :o) Boy is it just a good job we can look at these situations and see the funny side - although don't think DD2 will find it remotely amusing for some considerable time
(Photos show culprit and decapitated plait end along with the new look shorter plait)