The Monster

Published Wednesday, 16 July 2014
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These days, more and more, I'm split into two. There's sane (ish) Sonia. This is the persona most people see and know.

Typically, she doesn't have the remnants of Weetabix and juice randomly splattered across her clothes like a terrible abstract painting that people secretly snigger at. She brushes her hair (and often wears makeup), she converses with adults in a calm manner and well, she's pretty 'normal'. Then there's the other Sonia and believe me, she's an entirely different kettle of fish. She's a bit of a head the ball! Rather than throwing random adjectives your way, let me elaborate...

I recently made a very serious error of judgment while attempting to placate my four-year-old son, Liam. The other 'me' made a conscious decision to morph into a big scary monster (well, he was yelling about a toy or something and I thought it would make him laugh). So the monster was born. You know the 'Scooby Doo' type? The kind that runs frantically around making deep growling noises while reaching out with big straggly arms. You get the picture. Yes, it is absolutely ridiculous but this monster succeeded in delighting him to the extent he let out high pitched squeals of delight, which probably deafened every dog in our street. There's such a deep sense of satisfaction in making your child that happy!

Of course, this satisfaction was relatively short lived. Most of my week, yes you've guessed, has been spent impersonating the big scary monster. Each morning, before I've had the chance to even take a sip from my tea or a bite of toast, I'm 'on the job' so to speak. From the moment my eyes open, my little bundle of love is demanding the monster. The first few days, I obliged. Any annoyance far outweighed by his obvious pleasure in seeing his mother transform into a sub human creature.

Six days later, I seriously think he's having a laugh. He wants to see the monster at the supermarket, the doctors, the swimming pool and the football pitch. If it's a public place and people will be watching, he asks to see the monster! So it's fair to say that most of Belfast has recently been introduced to my alter ego, in full flow no less.

This all culminated at Mo Molam children's park at Stormont on Sunday. It's a magnificent place but clearly the swings and other climbing frames simply weren't entertainment enough. It wasn't long before a formal request to see the monster was made. Sane Sonia was transformed yet again. Curiously, a sort of reverse Pied Piper effect occurred, which was rather surreal. Suddenly other children joined in. Not only was I chasing my own son about like an extra from Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' but I was growling and roaring at an entire army of little boys. I'm surprised somebody didn't ring for help. This was all very much to the amusement of the other parents, who no doubt harbour an alter ego of their own. It just doesn't usually make a public appearance!

The evening ends on a deliriously brighter albeit browner note. My daughter has (mostly) got the hang of doing her number two's in the toilet! WHOO-HOOOO - WE ARE GETTING THERE!

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Anne Mc Tigue in Co. Galway wrote (21 days ago):
Hey Sonia, You might just have started another career move there, speaking from personal experience with my gang it helps to be a bit crazy and every now and then our true monster gets free and oh boy it feels good to be at one with the children. Looking forward to your posts and many thanks for your card, thoughtfulness and donation on my birthday, Anne
Tribal Fitness in Bangor wrote (27 days ago):
I hear ya Sonia!
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Sonia Butterworth
Sonia Butterworth

Sonia is a broadcast journalist and writer. She began freelancing for UTV in December 2012 having worked for several TV and Radio outlets.

She lives in Belfast with her two children, Liam and Kate, and her husband Keith.

In the (little) spare time she has she likes to write and just for good measure plays guitar and sings (although these days her audience tends to be age 4 and under).

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