Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Saturday night on the town, but not for the Highriser

I was at work when my great niece Little M arrived. She is sound asleep in her portable cot in the spare room. I did not get to see her, but I will in the morning. Three weeks ago she could take a few steps. Now she is walking. Her mother, Middle Niece and her mother, Ex Sis in Law, are at the Aussie Rules football in a corporate box no less. They may kick on to Crown Casino. R gave them a key to get as we will be asleep in bed when they return, but with an ear open for a cry out from Little M. Luckily she is a good sleeper, unlike Little Jo who we used to walk around the block a few times in her pram to get her to sleep.

Who would have ever thought I would like babies, least of all me, but I rather do. R, her nappy needs changing.

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  1. I suspect they rather like you as well; you are a part of them now, as they are a part of you.

    Pretty good magic.

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    1. Yes Jac, I suppose that is quite true. I am pleased the strong family connection continued on after my brother and his wife separated. I shouldn't be so cynical, but it helps that we have a spare almost in the city where people can stay. No matter.

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  2. A night at the footy sounds grand ~ especially in a corporate box.

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    1. Carol, and then Hippie niece rang to see how we were going with Little M, and she was just about to be served Oysters Kilpatrick. I was jealous. How I would like some right now.

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  3. I'm checking out the Presto card. But have a better idea as I don't think the bus is that convenient when you have flown all that way.
    How about we pick you up and take you to the Royal York? We are close to the airport and the hotel. Let me know the date and time just to be sure we are ok.

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    1. Jackie, for we Australians, a five hour flight is nothing. We will only be flying in from Vancouver. It is the new UP (Union Pearson) Express train we will catch. It begins operation on 6th of June with a promised 25 minutes from the airport to Union Station and I am quite excited about catching it.Your offer is incredibly kind and generous but meeting strangers in such situations makes my partner very stressed. Don't worry too much about the Presto card. I am sure in conjunction with the new train, there will be new facilities and it will be easy enough to buy one.

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    2. Ah makes sense thought you were coming here first.
      No worries.
      I am going to test out the train as soon as it starts and will let you know.

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  4. Oh, how cute you are :) enjoying your time with the baby....hope you have a good night....we have just come home from baby sitting, Miss E aged 3, baby boy aged 7 months both sleep well..

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    1. WA, next morning now. I heard her awake during the night and golly she is loud. She cried a bit, laughed a bit and I guess went into bed with her mother as Ex Sis in Law is asleep on the couch. Good that both of yours slept well.

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  5. Ha. R, get on that nappy changing...

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    1. Susie, all care and no responsibility is me.

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  6. Snickering at the aside to R about the nappy. Love that your family connections are retained through the generations.

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    1. EC, that is something I am very pleased about. Sometimes I wonder if Mother is the glue that holds us all together. Time will tell.

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    2. snap! I'm currently reading a library book where the greek grandmother (yiayia) is the glue and she has given her grandson a 'bucket list' of things to do to get the family back together and be the new 'glue' in case she dies.

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    3. Interesting River. Are you too in any way glue?

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    4. no, my branch is too dysfunctional. My older daughter married into a glue family.

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  7. I get it actually Andrew. I'm rarely exposed to babies but I recall C's niece visiting us and her youngest and I totally bonding. It felt a bit weird and yet natural. And yet I fully realise that I am way too selfish to have children.

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    1. Craig, R wanted children years ago and had I agreed, they or it would be a teenagers now. Quell horreur. I am also too selfish for children but humans are very adaptable and I suppose we could have become less selfish. It must be a wonderful thing to successfully raise children.

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  8. Quell horreur?
    Teenagers are delightful!
    I had four of them.
    Then I had teenaged grandchildren; also delightful.
    I love babies.

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    1. River, you clearly did well and had an amount of luck too. I know parents who were faultless, but it all went wrong when their children reached teenage years. I am always careful about blame when teenagers misdeeds happen.

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  9. We have four new babies in the family as I type, the newest born yesterday.. All of P's family and my family are here so there's a lot of us :) You should just see my place when we have a barbie or Christmas lunch here, it's crazy good fun! I think yourself and R are wonderful uncles and I can see how that's a win win for all. Just from your posts starring mother I would say yes, she is almost certainly the super glue, so look after her well :)

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  10. Grace, we never miss the opportunity to have family here, but oh, how destabilising it is. The mess and untidyness, but I would not have it any other way. I can only imagine your place with so many people there. A lonely old widow would be very envious of your family and how great that you have such big family to embrace and enjoy.

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