And if so, what did they think of it?
It was on quite late wasn’t it, but it is one of those One In A Lifetime Opportunities so we decided to let our children stay up for it. The plan was actually to send DS to bed and let the girls stand up but somehow, things didn’t work out that way.
Ours will all get a chance to go up to the Olympic Park at sometime over the next week, so I thought it would be cool for them to see where they will be going. We did have to explain a few times that all that *stuff* wouldn’t be there when we go to watch the sports, though. They were pretty disappointed by this. They wanted to have a go on one of the trampolines disguised as an NHS hospital bed.
Our kids liked the beginning of the ceremony a lot; they thought it looked like a fairy tale land and enjoyed seeing the animals and clouds, but found the chimneys and the stripping of the turf for the Industrial Revolution quite disturbing. DD1 kept wishing that she could have been one of the children in the NHS hospital scene but they all got a bit freaked out by the childcatcher/ Voldemort nightmare scene.
The James Bond scene went over their heads somewhat, but they loved the Queen’s corgis and were adamant that it *was* the Queen who leapt from the helicopter.
And during the music medley, they all got up and danced and sang along. No, DS isn’t stripping, he’s just going through a ‘no pyjamas’ stage.
And this is where it went downhill. Once the music had finished, and the countries came on they wouldn’t sit down again and kept jumping up, changing seats, poking each other and wailing.
By the time we got to the ‘Bs’, the younger three had been sent to bed protesting bitterly at the unfairness of it all. DD1 is 10 and a half and managed to stay up until the very end, naming counties she knew as the alphabet progressed. As she said, there are a lot of places we haven’t been yet.
We have a busy day today, DD1 has a mock 11+ exam and then we are having some friends over for a BBQ and swim this afternoon, so everyone is a bit weary, but I think it was worth it.
Hopefully, it’s something they will remember so they can annoy their own children during future Opening Ceremonies by telling them about when London Did It Better!