by Kate Scanlan
Love Saturdays. Always do. Saturday’s mean one thing … breaking. This Saturday however we mixed it up a bit and Willy, Didier, Scarlett (my 1 year-old niece) and I headed down to Norbury to one of my childhood parks, the Squirrel Park. It’s not actually called that but it has a lot of squirrels … get it? Willy found his dream car on route (however he added to the list of cars he wants each day!).
We met Shiv at the park, a good friend of Faraz (he and his family set up Les Enfants de Dieu).
Willy gave me a heart attack in the first five minutes when he scaled a tree that must be 60ft. He shouted down at one point, ‘Kate did you get this high?’. Made me laugh, I don’t think I probably got more than 5ft off the ground on that tree as a kid, Willy scaled to the summit!
I was slightly worried about how he would get down, shouldn’t have been though. At 9ft he casually back flipped off!
Didier jumped up next and got about as much height as me … he was happy though. Scarlett just laughed in her buggy; great Saturday entertainment.
Shiv bought his bike; didn’t actually get a good picture of Willy as he was just a blur whizzing around. Didier and Scarlett, the cute little mates, played again.
Scarlett fell in love with the boys, and they with her. This is her trying to keep up with them speeding on bike and scooter… wait for meeeee!
The sun was out, Scarlett asleep, so on the way home we popped into Thornton Heath rec. We went on the gym and hit the playground.
It’s more fun with two!
Was the most fun I’ve had on a Saturday morning in ages. Our park is great, there were so many people in there playing sport or chilling or playing in the playground. Different languages, different cultures, different ages. That’s one of the things I like most about London. The boys fitted right in flipping between English and Kinyarwanda.
We passed through the Southbank Centre to pick up Rafiki and then we all headed to the YMCA for Pervez breaking class. Willy spotted a trampoline set up at the Y. It was for a group class, but the instructor Ben was cool and let the boys have a go.
Willy was so excited, they don’t have trampolines like this in Rwanda so he had only seen it on TV. It’s funny Willy said a few times that he didn’t know things were real because they had only seen them on TV and wondered if they were fake … or special effects. Like Breaking. Then Pervez had shown him a head spin and he knew it was real. Well. Trampolines are real too; real fun and really quite difficult to master!
Breaking was great fun. Willy and Didier were great. After we weighed ourselves (why not?) and headed out for fish and chips. Yummmm. I was amazed at how much Didier managed to eat – adult portion and some – and Willy and Rafiki’s plates looked like they licked them clean!
Final spot for the day was tea and cake at the Shisha terrace. Sitting outside in the balmy evening air drinking tea and relaxing when the dancing started.
Didier couldn’t help himself and joined in …
Fantastic day with friends and lots of laughter. If you know the song, sing along … ‘Saturday, Saturday, Saturday its a Saturday-ea-eaeaea!