Harry recently turned 10, which is a milestone worth marking, but all Harry wanted to do was “go to a forest and mess about with ropes and stuff”. Thankfully, a few of his friends were willing to join in, so off we all went for the cheapest birthday party ever. The rules were pretty simple – no biking, no shooting, but most other stuff will be ok!
Challenge Number One was to catch a falling leaf. The boys weren’t particularly enthusiastic until I mentioned that there might be a prize for the winner.All of a sudden, they were well into it, the first prize was awarded (a sweetie!) and after some valiant perseverance, everyone else managed to follow suit.
The next challenge was a rather dodgy traverse on a rather dodgy traverse line. Harry’s friends’ parents may be relieved to hear that we tested it out with our own son first and it did the job so everyone else followed and after a short scramble, made it to the top in one piece.
The boys then faced a long, steep descent which they managed in a safe, controlled manner. However, Ash and I took our eye off the ball for two seconds to get the rope coiled up again, and they took it upon themselves to finish it off in a much less controlled, much dirtier and probably much more fun fashion!“Helpfully” they decided to wash their hands with varying degrees of success in a puddle before getting in the car.
It was great fun. And parents will be relieved to hear that we made them wash their hands properly before we fed them. Happy birthday, Harry! Here’s to the next decade of madness!
Written by Kerry Teague on Thursday, 23 November 2017.
Posted in Northern Ireland