Today was exactly what the doctor ordaaarrred.
“Arrr, morn’n maties,” was what I greeted the kids with this morning. They looked at me like I’d lost it.
The 19th of September is one of my favourite days of the year. It’s even better than Christmas (an opinion I’ve drawn based solely on cost and being able to call the girls at work wenches).
“Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day,” I told them. Then I squinted in my best piratey manner. “Arrrr-righty?”
Master8 caught on first.
“Want to see my wooden leg?” he asked with a mischievous twinkle in his eye.
“I think I be takin’ a rain check on that ,” I told him.
Miss6 stepped straight into character too.
“Raaark,” she said, flapping her arms about. “Raaaaark.”
“What are you doing?” I asked her.
“I’m being a parrot,” she told me. It seems she thought I called it Talk Like A Parrot Day. Meh, it kind of fit.
Just like I did last year, I loaded some pirate speak videos on the laptop to help them get into character. They found a video on The Five A’s of pirate speak especially educational.
Then I rattled off a few pirate phrases they could use at school, like walk the plank, thar she blows and shiver me timbers. I got as far as talking about poop decks before I, unfortunately, had to leave the house.
“Thanks, you son of a biscuit eater,” Tracey said to me as I high tailed it out the door with the kids snickering behind me.
But Tracey kept them in character all the way to school, although I’m not sure her cries of “Ah, me farties!” was strictly in keeping with pirate-speak.
“I’m going to call my teachers Mrs Fleabag and Miss Scurvy Fleabag,” Miss6 announced as she got out of the car, ready to sprint into the school grounds to, seemingly, insult as many of the staff as possible. Well, if there’s a day she might possibly get away with it, today is that day.
When I arrived home from work Tracey had treasure hunts organised for the kids and a special pirate dinner which the kids had helped put together (they even had costumes).
Today was great fun, and more importantly for us and the kids it was a very welcome distraction for the continuing downward spiral of one of this family’s most beloved matriarchs.
Even when life has you marooned and lost ye might spot an odd shaped cloud that’ll make ye smile.
International Talk Like A Pirate Day was our much needed odd shaped cloud.
When not typing away over here and checking his stats every two minutes Bruce Devereaux hangs out at his ‘BIG FAMILY little income’ Facebook Page.
’raising a family on little more than laughs’
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