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.
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.