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Saw this on the way out of swimming lessons earlier...

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SleepWarrior Mon 07-Jan-19 22:31:46

The front entrance to the leisure centre has a few tables with school-type chairs which are usually being used by children to do homework while their siblings swim.

Today as we were leaving there was a mum serving up steaming spaghetti and meatballs out of a giant glass dish onto proper dinner plates with proper cutlery laid out around the plates. Her two very embarrassed looking children (about 10/11yo) were talking in those cross hissy whispers through gritted teeth "that's enough mum", and she was all "no, no don't be silly, you need more meatballs. Here." while she dished up with proper pasta serving spoons.

Spaghetti and meatballs at the swimming pool! Made my day! I normally hate the faff and palaver of swimming day, but this is a new day and time for me so now I can look forward to seeing if she's there each Monday, and find out what's for dinner grin

Fantasisa Mon 07-Jan-19 22:33:11

Befriend her and get her to make your DC some dinner too!

NormHonal Mon 07-Jan-19 22:34:18

Ooh. I’ve seen spaghetti (home-made, not tinned) forked out of a flask before, but that is Next. Level. —Wonder if it’s the same mum.—

SleepWarrior Mon 07-Jan-19 22:35:22

That's a good idea and perfect timing too as we're on the way out - no rushing home to cook a quick post-swim tea!

Neverunderfed Mon 07-Jan-19 22:35:43

She sounds amazingly organised, I'm v jealous

AllGoodDogs Mon 07-Jan-19 22:37:56

That is super impressive!! When I had toddler in tow for then 6 yo's lessons it'd be a bag of wotsits if he was lucky 😂 please do keep us updated!!

SleepWarrior Mon 07-Jan-19 22:41:15

Also, everyone was staring, the kids could tell and were sinking down in their chairs and she DID NOT CARE. It was a thing to behold! I'd feel way too silly to pull it off.

I think I'll congratulate her next week on her marvellous idea if she's there. I do hope she is!

Justmuddlingalong Mon 07-Jan-19 22:41:30

I admire her organisational skills and hutzpah, but I feel mortified on her children's behalf.

Dothehappydance Mon 07-Jan-19 22:43:52

That is very impressive, it is the added touch of proper plates and cutlery that just makes it.

She is an absolute star

gamerchick Mon 07-Jan-19 22:44:07

She might have been teaching them a lesson of some sort, yanno like when parents march their kids to school in their pajamas because they refuse to get dressed type of thing.

Unless she's there next week doing the same thing then you should come back to your thread grin

Esker Mon 07-Jan-19 22:44:14

I mean, I'm trying to reduce my use of disposable plastics too but I think she wins 😂

KiteMarked Mon 07-Jan-19 22:45:58

I want to be her friend.

pastabest Mon 07-Jan-19 22:46:12

Any idea how she had kept it hot?

missxdivine Mon 07-Jan-19 22:48:35

Jeez I used to be made up to get a pot noodle from the machine in reception at our swimming baths grin

sherrysfortea Mon 07-Jan-19 22:49:44

I love it!! I would have pulled up a chair!

Please let us know what next weeks meal is

SleepWarrior Mon 07-Jan-19 22:52:59

pastabest there was a cooler bag next to them so guessing she heated it up, shoved it in there and jumped n the car. Plus there are quite a few swimming pools locally so I would imagine she lives within 10 mins to be using this one.

gaggiagirl Mon 07-Jan-19 22:53:53

My mam used to do this. I was always absolutely mortificado.
She bought along her camping stove to do spag bol at the beach on sunny days.
She sat slicing cucumber for a salad at the cinema when we went to see jurassic park about 20 years ago.
Just embarrassing attention seeking behavior.
I love spaghetti and meatballs but I feel sorry for those kids.

CarrieBlu Mon 07-Jan-19 22:54:00

I wish I could be like her. My DC get a sandwich and a packet of Pom bears to scoff in the car.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 07-Jan-19 22:54:24

Had the kids been swimming? Are they living at the leisure centre? confused

fruitbrewhaha Mon 07-Jan-19 22:57:49

I wonder what was for pudding?

Knickerbocker glory? Already served into tall glasses with the long teaspoon.

BackforGood Mon 07-Jan-19 23:00:44

I admire her organisational skills and hutzpah, but I feel mortified on her children's behalf.

This ^
Mortifying.
Poor kids

ErrolTheDragon Mon 07-Jan-19 23:01:10

Had she brought a tablecloth?

ShatnersBassoon Mon 07-Jan-19 23:01:47

She sat slicing cucumber for a salad at the cinema

I sat behind a full picnic family in the cinema a few years ago. A tupperware of what smelled like cat food being passed up and down, a baguette being torn, and even an apple cutter-upperer in use. It was fascinating to watch, but I could have gone to see it in the park for free.

SleepWarrior Mon 07-Jan-19 23:05:17

No tablecloth! But I do hope she cleared up as spaghetti is a pretty messy dinner.

No idea about pudding sadly but if I can befriend her and get in on the dinner action I'll let you know!

My kids are young enough to just be delighted with food and not care about embarrassment, but yes, her poor children. I can imagine a lifetime of looking back on swimming lessons and this being the first thing that springs to mind (assuming it's a weekly event) .

Witchend Mon 07-Jan-19 23:08:30

Next week you have to try to go one better. Full roast dinner and don't forget tablecloth and napkins. Then report back. grin

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