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Exemplary Behaviour and The Spinosaurus Chart

Okay, so here's the deal. If I manage to earn twenty-five - yes, you heard correctly, twenty-five! - stickers for Exemplary Behaviour, I will find myself the proud owner of a Spinosaurus. A Spinosaurus, in case you don't know - and Nanni certainly didn't - was the largest of the meat-eating dinosaurs, bigger even than the Tyrranosaurus Rex and the Gigantosaurus. You can tell, I am sure, why I want one...

This is, of course, Faris aka The Rascal, writing the Daily Blog today. Nanni could have written it but I wasn't sure I could totally rely on her to get all the Dinosaur Related Facts and Figures correct.

My Daddy likes nothing better than to negotiate a good deal. Mummy says he is an "Algerian Del Boy." Fortunately Daddy takes this as a compliment, "Only Fools and Horses" being his all-time favourite TV programme. Me, I prefer Andy's Dinosaur Adventures but each to his own, as Nanni would say.

Mummy has been promising to print out the Spinosaurus Sticker Chart for at least a week but for some reason her brand new super duper printer wasn't working. Then yesterday she discovered the cause of the problem, Someone had lodged a toy in its innards. No, I don't know who that Someone might have been but Mummy says it was almost certainly one of the three Usual Suspects. I'm not exactly sure what a suspect is but it doesn't sound like something to aspire to. Not like a doctor, or a lifeguard or a demolition expert. The Twinkles and I have therefore determined to lie low on the basis that the law of the land is that a person is innocent until proved guilty. In our house, it has to be said, the opposite often seems to apply. I don't know why...

Anyway, the chart has now been printed out and stuck up on the wall in all its glory. All I need to do now is to find out what Exemplary Behaviour is and how to apply it to my life. I have done a bit of research, as in, I asked my friend Poppy as we were walking home from pre-school together. Poppy didn't know what Exemplary Behaviour was, either, but she said once I found out then she would help me with it. This is what good friends are for. Poppy said so and I believe her.

I also asked my sisters, Tala and Lilia, though I didn't hold out much hope that they would know. However, you never can tell with The Twinkles, they never cease to surprise me. They may be only two years old but they are Wise Beyond Their Ears. I heard Nanni say that and presumably she knows what she is talking about though what the Twinkles' ears have to do with anything at all I honestly don't know.

I have had sticker charts before but that was in the days when I was at my Most Rampaging. I used to earn stickers just for doing what every other child at playgroup did without question. Like sitting in a circle at story time, for instance, or singing along with everyone else when it was Song Time. Some days I came home from playgroup with my red jumper absolutely covered with stickers. I have a horrible feeling that it will be much more difficult to earn stickers on the Spinosaurus Chart, particularly if I can't find out what Exemplary Behaviour is.

Then, on Mothering Funday at Nanni's house, I had a bit of a breakthrough. We were all down on the prom (prom, prom) enjoying the sunshine. Auntie Kazza said it would be a good idea to get out of Grandad's hair if only for an hour. Which is quite ridiculous because Grandad really doesn't have a lot of hair - honestly, I will never, ever understand some of the things my family says. Is every family like mine? Or have I just been born into a particularly Crazy Tribe?


Although the sun was shining, there was a chilly breeze blowing in from the sea and I suddenly noticed that Nanni's coat was undone. She was coughing enough already which was not good IMHO. So I did what Mummy always does for me and the Twinkles when we go out into the cold and I tried to do up the zip on Nanni's coat, telling her she mustn't get cold.

Nanni told my Mummy that I showed considerable empathy for someone who is only just four years old. She also said that my act of random kindness deserved a sticker on the Spinosaurus Chart and crowed with glee because her sticker would be the very first one on the chart. I've noticed that about Nanni, she does love to be first.

What is empathy anyway, is it some kind of biscuit? Was zipping up Nanni's coat Exemplary Behaviour and does this mean I will have to find another 24 people who need their coats zipped up to earn enough stickers to claim my Spinosaurus? Honestly this could take months and months especially with warmer weather on the way.

Maybe I should just have added the Spinosaurus to my Christmas list...


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23.04 | 20:15

lovely and heartwarming - an inspiration to us all x

09.03 | 12:07

Love this story told as ever beautifully.x

10.11 | 21:31

What a super account of a special event. I loved meeting you last night and seeing your creation come together. I’m so pleased you got so much from the activity

07.09 | 13:17

I have broad shoulders x

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