Baggy Trousers

Whenever I go to a children’s party I’m reminded of the Madness song “Baggy Trousers”. The specific verse is the following:

Lots of girls and lots of boys
Lots of smells and lots of noise
Playing football in the park
Kicking pushbikes after dark
Baggy trousers, dirty shirt
Pulling hair and eating dirt
Teacher comes to break it up
Back of the ‘ead with a plastic cup.

Baggy Trousers has become Che and my code for kids’ parties. Today I attended one and what a Baggy Trousers lot they were.

Watching them interact and play, I marveled at the things they came up with and did, which had me alternating between laughing or gasping in horror – specifically the word “YEEEWWWW” coming out of my mouth.

“Mommy, Billy is not sharing the spade with me.” – said with many tears running down his face.

“Corby, stop eating the sand.” – …horrified Mama…

“Mommy look I feld (sic) and tore my trousers.” – proudly calling attention to the torn trousers.

When it’s time to go home parents frantically search for lost socks and shoes. Kids, party pack in hand, look forward to next weekend’s party.

For all parents of young children who are now trying to contend with the second sugar rush of the day, I dedicate this song to you. Enjoy and laugh with childlike abandon because I imagine you’ll need something to keep you sane :-).

PS: Above post written with love for the innocence of children and empathy for the parents of these children. Enjoy the video below.

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