Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Bits

What a great photo I saw of my seven year old niece Little Jo nursing my six month old great niece Little M.

Little M's mother is my oldest niece. Her mother is ex Sis in Law, her father, Tradie Brother. I still can't help but being amused by Tradie Brother being a grandfather, never mind me being a great uncle.

Did I ever get a cuddle from my mother? No. Did the nephew and nieces get cuddles from their mother, yes, lots. Am I bitter? Perhaps, but times were different.

My nephew and nieces were brought up in a very loving environment by Sis in Law, in spite of Tradie Brother being a bit old school. The love between the kiddies is palpable. It was youngest niece's birthday and her brother a couple of weeks before at Machu Piccu in Peru set up people holding up letter signs to wish her happy birthday. Just such a gorgeous thing to do, even though the display held up the tourist path for a time. A couple of weeks later when it was her birthday, he put it on Facebook.

Weekend before we had a great meal at Tran Tran in Victoria Street, Richmond. The owner greeted us and we had a nice chat. 

One night last week we looked after Little Jo for one night while Sister and Bone Doctor went to a Geelong Football Club bash at the casino and stayed in a fine hotel.

We had a nice dinner out with friends on Saturday night, just us and three others, at Topolinos in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. It must be twenty plus years since we have been there and it was quite good. The evening was balmy and I rather wished we were sitting outside, but then our dinner might have come with horse snot. It was kind of my low key birthday dinner as our Brother Friends aren't going out at the moment because of illness, our Dyke Friend will be in Adelaide for my birthday, and another friend in Queensland. I don't mind the lack of fuss at all.


Plenty of bling on the equine.


The new car has had its second wash, and a good clean inside, well a vacuum anyway. It has now travelled over 1000 kilometres.

I chose my birthday present from R last week. It was about $40 more than he intended spending, haha. I am normally cheap to keep.

I am trusting Tradie Brother that the Frankston RSL Club (Returned & Services League) is very good, as my family birthday dinner will be there next weekend. I know how to live, digger.


16 comments:

  1. I bet Little Jo loves cuddling Little M.

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    1. She does Fun60, although Sister tells me there may be a little jealously there.

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  2. I love horses. They are so intelligent. Great photo

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    1. Gosia, I am not so fond of horses but I know many people like them.

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  3. What was the gift?

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    1. John, it's a 'surprise'. I insisted R wrap it and give it to me on the day, next week. I'll show you then.

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  4. Topolinos in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda :) There is a blast from the past.

    We all need lots of kisses and hugs as children. Your mum (and my parents in law) made a big mistake.

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    1. Hels, do you think it makes a difference in the long term? I really don't know.

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  5. I'm not a kisser but I do enjoy giving a good hug and getting one.
    Merle............

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    1. Well then Merle, a virtual hug to you.

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    2. I'm with Merlesworld there. Prefer hugs to kisses.

      It's sad, Andrew about your mom not hugging you a lot. Like you said, it was a thing of the times. At some time, parents were told it was a bad idea to cuddle their kids. It's sad to imagine a mother wanting to hug her child, but thinking it's a mistake to do so.

      That's not to say your mother was one of them. I don't know. But I think some people are naturally not affectionate with their children and it was probably a relief for them to be advised that affection was bad for their kids.

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    3. Dina, I never felt I missed anything until I noticed how the kids interact. I don't think people were told here not to hug, it just wasn't the done thing. I wonder if I should ask Mother about it.

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  6. I don't recall cuddles from my mother either. Apparently I didn't like being held even then. I've always been touchy about who touches me. Sadly, it made me unable to cuddle my kids much, although I did, just not enough.
    Must be lovely for Little Jo to cuddle Little M though.

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    1. River, it is terrific to see genuine physical affection between the youngers. I don't blame anyone that we weren't brought up like that. It was just the way things were then, when, as R says, children were part of the family, not the centre.

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  7. I knew there was a reason we get on so well Andrew, we're both Libra, my b/day is on Sunday :) So funny, if it was up to me I 'd just let it slide by.. no such luck with family and friends :) When will we see a pic of the newest family member ?

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    1. Grace, don't forget how perfectly balanced we are. Yes, I could happily skip birthdays now. Leave it for the kiddies. Little Jo's photos were put online a long time ago now. The 'net' is much more advanced now and I don't feel right putting Little M's photos up. I will email you a photo and you can email a photo of your grandchild when you see her soon.

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