Did you know it is practically impossible to paint the face of a child who is eating popcorn?
Or that rubber ducks can fly higher that teddies when indulging in 'Extreme Sports for Soft Toys'?
And why is it that middle-aged men always think they know the best way to put a tent up - and almost invariably get it wrong?
All these interesting facts and questions were demonstrated yesterday, when I was inveigled into helping out at a friend's PTA fair. Strange how people believe implicitly that, if you can paint on paper or canvas, the wriggling surface of a child's face should be no trouble at all! So there I was, bespoke butterflies and gruesome monsters to order, as the rain pelted down outside the tent. The bouncy castle was awash, the 'How far can you throw a Welly Boot' stall was utilising the missiles as they had been originally intended, and the aforesaid airborne ducks and bears needed umbrellas rather than parachutes!
Still, everybody seemed to have a good time (well, we're in Scotland - nothing stops for the weather!) and we raised a decent amount for school funds.
...and of course, as soon as the packing-up began, the sun came out!