we went to hidden parks and forests that no-one knew about
we'd sit there and talk, or eat, or draw pictures
she used to set me challenges:
"I bet you can't swim a lap of that lake"
"try to build a dam to redirect the water"
"let's have a water fight"
we went to art galleries and played I-spy
I was always the first to find a painting with a lemon
we'd talk about what the artist was trying to say
and who the painting was of and why they used those colours
we'd pick our favourite paintings
and decide where we'd hang them up in the house
we went to posh shops for rich old ladies
where you could buy ugly vases and expensive cushions and pointless ceramic animals
we'd point and laugh at everything we thought was ridiculous
we'd pretend to be Eddie and Patsy
and look for "just some gorgeous things"
there would always be a competition
to find the ugliest item or the most expensive or the most pointless
and mum would always win
my mum used to take me on adventures
she still does today
and I hope she never stops