My gremlin adores our neighbours. We moved into our new house and really it was because my mate who coincidentally lives next door, pushed me to go and view it!
My mate has 2 children; a girl who is 5 and the gremlin idolises and a boy who is one day younger than her. They all play really we together and it’s made me realise the gremlin is very ready for a sibling and company. She is very sociable and just wants a playmate.
Last Sunday we had been into town for a restaurant review and I wasn’t feeling too good (not the food!). Just an uncomfortable tummy and very tired, so I was sat in bed chilling. The gremlin, as usual, was my shadow and was hanging around wearing her princess dress. We heard our neighbours in the garden and she stated she was ‘going to see the little girl’. I was not fussed. Hubby was in the garden and the grem usually heads out and shouts messages over the fence, asking to be lifted up to see her little friends, whilst they have fun in the garden.
A little while later my neighbour text – ‘you know the gremlin is here?’
I peeked out of my bedroom window. Hubby was sat in the garden gardening and my daughter was next door bouncing on their trampoline!!
Turns out she literally was going to see her friend; well in her little head anyway! Transpired she opened our front door, ran down the drive, up my friend’s drive, past her hubby who was working shovelling gravel. He was very confused apparently to why my daughter had just pegged it ALONE past him! The little stinker then ran in through the garage, found her friends and asked quite nicely for an Oreo cookie (or 10 I’m since told). She then made herself comfy on the trampoline!
I was mortified! Obviously it is very lovely she regards next door as a second home and is very safe and secure with them but Jesus! It’s the first time she has ever done something like this and we are so lucky to live on a very quiet road and she just kept to the path, running around to see her friends.
After much apologising, hubby went and extracted her, in tears as she had to leave. Cue me having a little talk with her about never leaving the house without Mummy or Daddy and not visiting our neighbours without us. She took this very well and has since repeated she must never do it. Always with the gremlin if you don’t get too cross with her, most of it goes in and is processed. I realise this after she came home with her hair bobble proudly secured in her pocket after moaning previously about them going missing at nursery. Bless her.
So I learnt my lesson;
- Lock the front door always!
- Take my daughter’s plans literally!
Luckily I saw the funny side immediately, especially after I discovered she asked for a cookie. Cheeky beggar! We were lucky and all’s well that ends well…for now!