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boss man

Children, I should say my children, don't have a whole lot of power, you know? 

They're told when and what to eat. When to shower. What to wear. How to speak politely. There's so many rules when you're a kid.

We were talking about bosses the other day and Henry said to me, "but you're not the boss Mum." I was very surprised, because (obviously) I am, but I said, "you mean Daddy's the boss?" and Henry said, "No, Jesus is the boss."

I don't wish to offend any of my religious friends, but Adam and I are not and while Adam was snorting his steamed chicken up his windpipe I was considering pulling Henry out of his one hour a week of scripture at school. 'Cept I won't. The boy seems to have a calling. Who am I to stand in the way of a calling. 

But I digress. 

I made a deal with Henry some time ago that he could be the boss for the day, on his first day of school holidays. I was making it up, I had no idea what parameters would need to be set. 

The first thing he planned to do when he was the boss was to catch a plane to Vanuatu to see the only live volcano in the region. 

So we set the first rule: no airplane travel.

Next plan: bacon for breakfast. That I could do. 

Here is what you do when you're the boss in my house, and you're six years old…

:: Eat bacon for breakfast

:: Change your name for the day and insist, vehemently, that everyone calls you Herny for the day. Herny. Seriously. 

:: Spend two hours at the genetics clinic at Westmead Children's Hospital. (OK that was a pre-arranged appointment he had no choice in.)

:: Eat two (TWO) lindt chocolate balls being given away by elves at Westmead. 

:: Request the Christmas version of Angry Birds be downloaded onto Mum's iPhone. 

:: Request unlimited access to above-mentioned iPhone. (Handed it back happily every time it rang or beeped. Very cooperative boss.)

:: Request frenched lamb cutlets for lunch. 

:: Ask to be driven to North Sydney, to Mum's old work, to visit an old favourite workmate of Mum's, and take him out for a milkshake. (This is my friend Ben, who Henry, or should I say, Herny, has always loved. He bought Ben a Lightening McQueen die-cast car for his birthday last year, unprompted. This visit was the highlight of his day.)

:: Suggest chips for afternoon tea. 

:: Ask to watch youtube on Mum's computer. (Please can you search for "Angry Birds", Mum?)

:: Go get takeaway Chinese noodles for dinner. 

:: Have icecream for dessert, even though it's not dessert night.

:: Demand Dad read the entire new favourite book all about sharks before bed. 

:: Wake up the next morning and suggest you get to be the boss again – to find it happens only once a year. And doesn't start till you start school in case you think you might conscript your sister.

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Anyway lovely friends, it's time for me to say HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

I'm going to take a little blog break up until just after Christmas now, and will be back here on Boxing Day. I'm feeling just a little bit stretched, there's quite a lot on, and I blog here because I love it, and think I need to lighten the load for a week in order to keep loving it!!

I hope you all have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas and I look forward to hearing all about it.

I'll be back with the crafting and cooking which I can't fit in alongside blog-writing just this week (and alongside the Christmas parties and the kids and the visitors!)

Merry Christmas, and thank you for making this year so amazing. I love this little space here. Love it. Thanks for sharing it with me.

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See you on Boxing Day.

xxx

35 Comments on “boss man

green ink
December 17, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Merry Christmas to you Fi, and your gorgeous family! Thank you for the little ray of sunshine that this blog is for me every day πŸ™‚

Your little Herny cracks me up so much. This is almost up there with the whole baby seed conversation!

Have a great one darl!!

xoxox

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Jo
December 18, 2010 at 12:05 am

I love it (wish I could be boss for a day, hee hee) – go Herny!
And thanks for your lovely comment Fi x

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Cassandra
December 18, 2010 at 12:05 am

Merry Christmas to you. I’ve really been enjoying following along. You tell a great story! Have a nice break and all the best for 2011.

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Renee
December 18, 2010 at 12:22 am

Yep- I agree – this sure has been a golden find this year. Great read and some great parks and recipes to boot! Thanks and merrychristmas to you.

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Liz
December 18, 2010 at 2:27 am

What a wonderful idea, and what a fun day! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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Fran
December 18, 2010 at 6:48 am

Merry Christmas! Enjoy your blogrest. Come back soon.

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Tricia
December 18, 2010 at 8:31 am

What a treat to be boss for a day πŸ™‚

Have a lovely Christmas. I’ll think of you as I drive past your parents farm on my way to my Mums.

Enjoy your bloggy break and looking forward to seeing you back here in the new year πŸ™‚

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Nichole
December 18, 2010 at 8:39 am

What a sweet boy you have and you are a very accommodating Mum! Yes, I understand all about the stretched feeling this time of year sometimes (always, for me, at least) warrants. I’ve enjoyed peeping into your world and getting to know you and your cute family.

All the best,
Nichole

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Deb
December 18, 2010 at 8:54 am

Dear Pickle

What a tale! You’re super! And so is that Ben. And Herny. And your internal staircase which, along with a swiming pool, my children long to have (me too, until I’m too old and decripid to go up and down them.)

You are sure to have an ace Christmas and I can’t wait to here about it.

Best wishes

Debx

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IWM
December 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Herny is a champion. What an awesome day he constructed. Next time I come, can I be boss for the day? Caramel for breakfast. Fish fingers for tea. Your mate Ben looks like a cross between James L and Josh Groban. Merry Christmas my beloved.

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Catherine
December 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Merry Christmas!!

I look forward to reading more of your posts in 2011! πŸ™‚

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Allysa
December 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Merry Christmas! I will miss your blog during your rest, but totally understand. I still have five sewing projects to go before the big day.
Oh, and Ben does look like Josh Groban; can he sing? What a great guy to indulge Master Herny!

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sue
December 19, 2010 at 1:22 am

Merry Christmas, Dearest, and love to all.

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SB
December 19, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Understandably, I am laughing my head off at the ‘boss’ conversation πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas and see you soon!

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ginkotree
December 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm

have a great christmas fiona!

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Thanks Phil, love to you too – hope you’re not freezing up over there!!!

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Thanks Cassandra! I appreciate it!

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Right back at you Renee – without you we wouldn’t have found lots of those FAB parks!

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm

You can come and be the boss here any day, my friend xx

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Thanks Liz!

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Cheers my dear. Merry Christmas to you!

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Thanks Tricia – you’ll have to call in one day for a cup of tea!

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Thank you – happy christmas to your sweet Bea in particular xx

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Thank you Deb – the internal staircase is delightful, unfortunately rented and actually not ours for much longer! (Also a conundrum: we gave away all our bookshelves when we moved into this house…) oops! Happy christmas to you too!

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Yes you can be boss. Only if you order lemon sago too. You’d love Bennoss. No idea if he can sing though. Talk to you before Sat. xx

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Thanks Catherine, to you too!

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Thanks Allysa. Not sure if Ben can sing but he can play a mean air guitar!

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Thanks gorgeous – to you three too xx

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm

We’re sweating on the cousin chaos. Can’t wait. xx

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Inner Pickle
December 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Thanks Jo – has Bath frozen over yet?! Hope not! Happy Christmas!

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Christie, Describe Happy
December 21, 2010 at 12:14 am

Boss for a day and name change to Herny — love it!! Have a fantastic Christmas and see you soon!

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Nin
December 21, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Love it, going to give it a whirl here at Team Tumm’s, will let you know how we go. xxx

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Nin
December 21, 2010 at 11:24 pm

PS, Guess who is also having a love affair with he on high??? I am so not coping, Matty so much better than I (gotta love a good catholic upbringing!). My perfect example of so not coping: Moo walks into the kitchen, points to my magnificant orange and date cake and says ” God made that cake Mum”. My so not coping reply: “Think again son, there ain’t not god in this kitchen!!!!” Again, over to you to Matty to chat about god and reassure number one son that mumma may not believe in god, but she’ll still be ok!!!!

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Leanne
December 22, 2010 at 12:27 am

Hilarious! *LOL*
Happy holidays to you and yours, Fiona. Always love reading your posts; enjoy your well-earned break! xxx

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Maryam
December 22, 2010 at 8:39 am

Well this is my new favorite post! Thanks for the giggles and youβ€”YOU my friend (I know we haven’t met)β€”are quite a brave person to allow this to happen. I tip my hat to you. Maybe someday I’ll do the same. The closest we’ve been is my oldest creates an illustrated schedule for the day, and we follow it, but it’s within reason (not airplane trips!) πŸ™‚

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