The Blonde Bombshell received a goody bag the other day and amongst all the sugary goodness was a packet of cards: Animal Snap to be precise.
She most was excited by this new game so I thought it was a timely opportunity to teach her one of life's many lessons - namely sportsmanship and how to be a good winner.
Once we had shuffled and dealt the cards it was time to play. We got off to a good start.
Mum: Well, that's actually a Zebra but no worries. Monkey
This went on forever and I was beginning to wonder whether we were ever going to find a matched pair when suddenly we had two Ducks in a row. I gently took her little hand, slapped it down on the pile of cards and said 'Snap!' Then I bundled up the cards and gave them to her saying she had won.
Bombshell: I won! Doggie
I won't bore you any further with the details of the game, suffice to say it took forever and a little bit of anti-cheating* on my part, but eventually The Bombshell had all but one card which I laid down with a flourish.
Mum: Elephant! You win, you have all the cards. Congratulations.
Bombshell: Oh. Oh... Well, you can have some of mine then.
The Blonde Bombshell promptly divided her pile of cards in two and handed me half.
Bombshell: Next time you can win Mum!
I think perhaps that on this occasion, it was Mum who learned the lesson.
*Anti-cheating: not cheating to win but cheating to lose