a peek inside the fishbowl

09 Nov, 2007


Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Westboro|Easy ways to make kids happy

Sarah had a playdate yesterday, so Emma and I walked down to Westboro village after school. Our first stop was Bridgehead, where we sat and had a coffee (for me) and a peanut butter cookie (for her). I secretly ordered Emma a hot chocolate with whipped cream. This isn’t something she gets very often (it’s cheaper to make it at home) and oh, how her face just lit up when she saw me coming with that frothed-up mug. I think I’ll have that image ingrained in my mind’s eye for a long time.

We sat for awhile. She went through her Pokemon cards with me. She has them all arranged in a binder. Last Christmas Santa brought her a big stack. I think he might have found them on eBay. Emma is very proud of her collection. Being there with her, without Sarah, was very different. I’m going to try to do this more often.

When we were done we meandered along to Changes, the hair salon near the new Westboro Market. They do a great job with kids haircuts. We go there all the time now, and a few people I recommended them to go there as well.

In the past, they’ve just given the girls a wet-down and a simple trim, but I don’t think they had much going on yesterday because suddenly Emma was being led to the sink. She looked at me, eyes wide. She was going to get her hair washed. This was a first.

She loved it. The lady washed, fussed, and snipped for a long time. Emma was positively glowing. She had a couple inches taken off, and a few layers were added instead of the one-length thing.  I wasn’t sure what they were going to be charging me, what with all that time and effort. The lady spent nearly as much time with her as she would with an adult.

It came to $13, before the tip. Pretty decent, huh?

As we walked away, Emma took my hand and gave it a big squeeze.

“You sure got the V.I.G. treatment today huh?” I asked.
“Sure, V.I.G, Very Important Girl!”

She really liked that, and repeated it a few times, as if to savour it a little.

When we picked Sarah up she was in a great mood. They’d been having a great time. Unfortunately, once she got wind of the hot chocolate she did a complete 180. And we weren’t able to cheer her up until dinnertime.

3 Responses to "V.I.G."

1 | J.

November 9th, 2007 at 2:52 pm


I can see myself doing the same 180 as Sarah. My brother got the VIP treatment offten (or at least it felt like that). My mom would take him shopping and for pho.. and then i would find out and pout.

Good thing it’s been 15 years since then, now i’m pretty good at handling it…. i think :P

2 | BeachMama

November 9th, 2007 at 8:58 pm


Isn’t this always the way, we want to have fun with our friends but we don’t want anyone else to have fun without us.

Glad Emma had a special treat day just for her, it sounds wonderful.

3 | Julie

November 10th, 2007 at 2:01 pm


We have made it a habit of spending “special time” with each of our three children as often as we can manage. My daughter and I spent an afternoon at Gotta Paint once, then finished with a dinnner at Newport. Another time, my middle boy and I went to Sassy Bead to make necklaces and had a beavertail in the market together afterwards (his necklace had a spiderman and soccer ball beads in it.) Special time with the littlest often includes just walking or going to the park, but it’s one on one just the same.
I love special time just as much as they do, and always marvel at how much they are willing to talk and share with me when we are alone together. When one child complains that he/she didn’t get to ….. we just remind them that they’ll get a turn soon too. That seems to be all they need to feel better.

comment form:


Stay in touch

Me and my pet projects

Ottawa Bucket list

Subscribe via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • andrea tomkins: Thanks Lynn! I will keep doing it as long as I enjoy doing it. :)
  • Lynn: just chiming in to say how much I still enjoy these weekly reading lists. That Google food one was fascinating!
  • Nick: In February, only one thing is good - this is the last month of winter and spring will come soon and it will be warm)
  • Tannia: I someone today who said he played polkaroo.
  • Tannia: What was the actor's name who played polkaroo?
  • Lynn: Oh man, I can see this as my future in just a few short years. Between you and Allison (who's oldest is off in America for university), I can hardly r
  • Amy: Although what your daughter says makes sense and I'd follow her advice when you can, keep in mind that ride-sharing apps are a very recent way to trav

The Obligatory Blurb

My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!


E-book alert!

Shopping Embargo e-book promo

My right hand is actually a camera

Connect with me at these places too!

Piper is on Instagram

On the nightstand

All hail the mighty Twitter