Tara’s Pinky Promise

So far this evening we have sustained nine 10 second power outages! Thankfully the children went up to bed with the knowledge (and 2 x electric candles) that they needn’t start screaming and running downstairs if we had another power cut in the night. This was what they did a few years ago when they were of course very little and were really quite unsettled in the darkness. John and I did not get a moments sleep that night! I remember finally leaving the bedroom to sleep on the sofa with the dogs whilst the children tormented John for hours. It was our very first bed invasion and they jumped around and screamed and giggled all night. Oh dear!

Anyhow, before they ascended the stairs tonight, I made Tara do a pinky promise that she would not keep her brothers and sisters up again tonight! For the last 2 weeks she has kept everyone up until past 10pm playing and shouting lots in the process. I asked her to look me in the face whilst the bond was made. She did so reluctantly. However a promise is a promise and guess what? They have all been as quiet a mice all evening, even with further power cuts. So, sod the power of the National Grid here in ‘The Shires’ and here’s to the power of a pinky promise with Tara!

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A Gay Dad reflecting on life in the Shires of England with my not so famous five and two rapscallion Dalmatian hounds

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