But for reasons familiar to all us parents (he couldn’t get a babysitter – sounds lame to me!), Ben couldn’t make it and so asked me to accept the award in his place.
This was a particular honour as just a few minutes earlier I’d watched my new good pal Ben Tipping, of The Mutterings of a Fool fame, saunter up to the stage and accept the well-deserved accolade of Dad Blogger of the Year, judged by the fine fellow Craig from DadzClub.
Before that moment, I thought I didn’t care about winning. But as he accepted his mini-Oscar from (the very funny) former Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill, I realised I cared a lot.
I had that feeling I last experienced watching a EuroMillions winner posing with a big, fat cheque: I wish that was me.
And then, lo and behold, there I was, standing on stage, clutching the coveted statuette and delivering my acceptance speech…on behalf of the other Ben!
I almost expected one of the half naked waiters to come rushing over, wrestle me to the ground and escort me off the premises.
Still, one has to enjoy one’s moment in the sun, no matter how fraudulent, so I milked it as much as I could, made some dubious joke about getting the other Dad Bloggers together for a Fully Monty at closing time, and then licked Little Oscar so that when I send it to Ben he can get a true TASTE of what it was like to be there.
What a great event!
Sadly, I couldn’t make it today, but I’ve followed the Tweets religiously, and glowed with fraternal pride at hearing of the reception the penilely-advantaged, er, members recevied on the Dad Panel.
So, thanks to everyone I met, and didn’t meet, at BritMumsLive, with special shout-outs for the dads who did their bit for the ’cause’ of us Dad Bloggers – a small, but rapidly growing number: Ben (Mutterings of a Fool);, Tom (Diary of the Dad), Tim (Bringing Up Charlie); B’s Dad (ASDson), Spencer (DandProud), Andy (DadsCookingTonight), Alex (Daddacool) and MusoDad (HPMcQ).
And last but not least, the author of Goodbye Pert Breasts, for making possible my moment of imposition possible.