Abracadabra! Bippety-boppety-boo! The world of magic has come to our red house.
Today is my second son's tenth birthday and one of his presents is a magic kit. All morning before school and ever since school ended this afternoon, I have been required to be astounded and amazed by a series of magic tricks. Excitement is growing as we anticipate the magic show Master 10 will perform after dinner tonight.
My daughter and youngest son are getting involved too, practising card tricks and discussing costumes. There is whispering in corners, stifled laughter, and suddenly innocent faces when I come near.
The evening meal, as always on birthdays, is chosen by the birthday boy. He asked for home-made macaroni cheese and home-made chocolate ice cream covered in whipped cream from an aerosol can (he insisted!) and strawberries.
I'll add a salad and bread to this repast, then on with the show!