Picture the scene:
Our Little Bear asks to go on ‘her’ ipad to look after Talking Tom (The ipad that is really mine!) The app loads up and the picture’s all red. If you’re not familiar with it, there are little icons at the bottom of the screen that denote whether Tom:
Needs the toilet/a wash
Needs cheering up
They change colour according to where his ‘happiness’ is, from empty to full.
They. Were. All. Red.
Our Little Bear holds Talking Tom in such esteem that when she next spoke to Grandma, she said, “Grandma, Mummy’s killed Talking Tom!”. Grandma did not know who or what Talking Tom was… She does now!
I failed! I didn’t keep checking in on Tom when Our Little Bear was tucked up in bed, safe in the knowledge that Tom was in good hands. Or not!
One deleted app and one re-installed app later and Talking Tom started off a brand-spanking new life!
Lesson learned. For now…
I was never any good at keep the Tamagochi alive either. And that was in the days when all I had to concern myself about was homework and who was number 1 in the Top 40. I didn’t have the escuse of running a house and working back then!
What have you ‘killed’ of your child’s? Go on, ‘fess up. Your secret’s safe with me 😉
My ‘to-do’ list is growing,
The rest will have to wait.
Time to ‘shutdown’… but what’s that icon glowing?
It’s another ‘app update’
Okay so I’ll just get the lastest ‘bug fix’
Then I’ll get going and get on, “sigh”.
What’s next in my ‘bag of tricks’?
…Hang on, something catches my eye!
The app store is a dangerous place to be,
My brain has turned to mush,
It can’t ignore the word ‘free’,
And look, there’s the sugar-coated ‘Candy Crush’.
“No, no,” my brain says, “don’t go there!”
Just then my finger taps “install”
“Uh oh,” soon I’ll be tearing out my hair…
Banging my head against a brick wall!
Hurray my new app is loaded
I’ll be strict, oh yes I will!
But these dam sweeties that are colour-coded
Mean my willpower is exactly… NIL!
One level up already – the man in the game says “Sweet!”
Swipe, swipe, wow this is fun!
Aha, I won’t be beat,
How many moves left? Only one…
One swipe away from a “Tasty” treat,
Woo hoo, go me, I won.
Now for a hasty retreat
My to-do list still not done…
Picture source: Pinterest