I have totally been an overcompensating mother this Christmas.
My son wants certain things and well, I've seen that he gets some of them.
I say some of them, there were lots, and I've passed the cheaper ones to his dad.
I couldn't help myself, even though my heart was in my throat at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.
I thought my newspaper article would cover the cost of the kit, but no...
Then buying that football Fifa game that you know, you know will be reduced after Christmas. Took the whole bill, for those two things, to over £100. Daylight robbery really...
Does the cost of these things mean my child goes without this Christmas?
That's what I mean...I overcompensate
I have one child. Other people have many. You can't always give your kids what they want....
"Mamma, the way you talk, I think Santa doesn't exist."
"Who knows son, who knows..."
"You do mamma!"
"What makes you think that? I don't know!"
I enter an altered reality at Christmas time. Just to see the joy on his face. Santa needs to exist for me because my son knows we don't have money. How can "I" afford what I give him? At the same time I'm trying to teach him the value of money...ho ho ho!
Why is it, just an aside, the bank charges so teeny interest on savings, but so massive on debt?
Still they're lending....
Next year we'll all be singing Wham with re-jigged lyrics.
Next year, if I don't chance to wish you well for it later, I wish you well for it now!