For over a year now the staff and Friends at the school I work in have been tirelessly fundraising and working hard to design and carry out a transformation of our playground. Friday was finally the day in which we were going to officially open it. The Deputy Mayor was going to be joining us, the press would be there to report the special occasion, the ribbon was ready and the cakes were baked but when the day came we had a problem.... a baby seagull had taken up residence in our playground. Whilst a baby seagull may sound harmless enough, it’s parents certainly weren’t!
Every time we set foot in the playground, the noise would start and the seagull’s parents would begin swooping. At one point myself and a couple of members of staff armed with hard hats from the children’s builders box and a blanket and broom attempted to usher the baby out of the grounds only to be dive-bombed on by its parents who were then also joined by 6 other seagulls. Having run for cover we realised that this problem wasn’t going to be easy to fix so we came up with plan B which was to entice it out of the grounds with food. Somewhat nervously we placed a trail of crumbs leading out of the school grounds, only for both parents to land on our playground and help themselves to the feast we’d laid out for them! We were left with no choice but to phone several agencies for advice all of which told us that we had to let nature take its course and that it could be another 3-5 weeks before the baby seagull was ready to fly. Plans for the grand opening had to be postponed and the children kept inside for the day.
Who would have thought that a baby seagull could cause such unexpected disruption?!
Jen shared this story as it ties in well with Merle's reflection 'Making time'.