I left my mouth in gear...
The police and some other agencies have a big initiative on in this area at the moment concerning various issues and problems. There were several police officers, neighbourhood wardens and members of staff outside school this morning handing out information of some type.
On my way out of school I was accosted by the headteacher.
"Good morning! Can I give you one of these?" she asked in an extremely cheery manner. This was a bit unexpected since we were standing out in a monsoon. Although, she DID have an umbrella. I didn't. I had water running in rivulets down my forehead and dripping from my nose. I didn't feel cheerful and I wanted to get home, fast.
I looked down. She was waving a leaflet at me, about the law on kids' car seats. I noticed she had a fistful of others which she was probably planning to palm off on me. I looked up again and smiled in what I hoped was a reassuring way.
"No, it's ok, we've got all the right car seats thank you." (We do.)
She narrowed one eye slightly, as if to say, "Are you quite sure?!" Then she said,
"Are you quite sure?!"
She smiled expectantly. My reassuring smile started to feel like more of a lunatic grin. Talking to her seems to instantly regress me to slightly left of gauche.
And then, when I should've stopped talking, I made a fatal mistake and filled in a brief silence with a vaguely maniacal sounding, "We don't drive to school anyway!"
She raised one eyebrow then changed her mind and just outright frowned.
"I know THAT!"
Then she turned to the next parent and smiled widely.
I live directly across the road from the school. This lady has stood outside the school gates every day for the last four years and watched me battle my way down the steps and across the road with various combinations of children, pushchairs and other assorted paraphernalia. She knows perfectly well I don't drive to school and I know that she knows.
I should've just taken the leaflet.