Friday, April 03, 2020

From the mouth of babes

Little M's visit was successful. We fed some birds at the lake. Did craft. Wrote a little in her diary. Watched ABC for Kids and some movie children movie trailers and Youtube vids on tv. We delivered her home late morning to Oldest Niece who seemed to be obsessively washing her hands. She made us coffee and served us some bought lamingtons.

As I may have said, she is a clever child, but clever in a different way to what Little Jo was at her age. She is much more talkative and questioning and a more people person.  Little Jo from a young age was clearly going to be a performer and very academically smart.

Here are a few things that amused or interested me during her visit.

Little M asks a question but is never satisfied with an answer and there are always follow up questions. Her sister Little Em also asks questions but is usually satisfied with an answer.

I asked her what time she normally goes to bed. She said sometimes seven or sometimes eight. Can I stay up until nine Uncle Andrew? Of course you can. Sleep in, in the morning. She didn't and at seven woke R and climbed into bed with him to watch tv.

Uncle Andrew, do you have Netflix for Kids? No. Why not? We don't have kids. For once there were no further questions. She had to make do with ABC for Kids. I saw a couple of really good shows, and an English one where a perhaps a ten year old girl seemed to have two (gay?) fathers. It was so subtle even I wasn't sure.

Little M, do you have a bath or a shower at night and before dinner or after dinner? Depends, sometimes before and sometimes after. Can I have a shower? Of course. Uncle Andrew, it is too cool. I adjusted the temperature. Uncle Andrew, where is the bath plug? I thought you wanted a shower? I did, but now I want a bath. R threw a bath bomb in and the water turned a bright shade of green. She was in so long eventually I said to her, the water must be getting cold. She said it is, and she finally got out.

Do you sleep well Little M? Yes, mostly, but sometimes Mummy and Daddy don't sleep well at night and make a noise and wake me up. Oh dear, Too Much Information.

You may quite rightly question the wisdom of such a visit in our very locked down lives. Her parents were happy with the risk, as were we. R is at most risk. He said her visit de-stressed him and he stopped thinking about the virus for a time.

Aside from still visiting Mother each Thursday, which we did this Thursday, that is it as far as meeting with other family goes now. The For Sale board has gone up at her house, but who knows when and for what price it will sell. ABI Brother was quite blase about the risk, but now he has become very cautious and umpteen visits to the shops each day have stopped.

28 comments:

  1. Sound like a joyful child. Do to our stay at home order...we're not to have company (family) so it been a while since I seen my sons and there family. I do miss them.

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    1. Dora, short term pain for hopefully long term gain.

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  2. It sounds like a delightful visit - for you, for R AND for little M.
    Win/win.
    We are seeing no-one at the moment (except neighbours from a distance). Himself is even curbing (a little) his shopping excursions.

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    1. EC, it was good and R said it took his mind off things. Except for Mother and ABI Brother we won't be seeing anyone. With the precautions, shopping is probably ok. We shopped today and it was interesting to watch the dance around everyone that everyone was doing.

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  3. As I mentioned before I am staying with my daughter, sil and the grandchildren. We are being very cautious here with no visitors and only going out to do a food shop as infrequently as possible. The number of deaths especially in London has risen dramatically over the last couple of days. It is getting scary.

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    1. Marie, yes I saw about your death rates. You should take a break and go home for a couple of days.

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  4. A child's mind is a wonderful fertile field; inquisitive, and filled with limitless imaginations.

    'Tis not a time to be blasé. It is a time to be aware...to be careful...to be responsible for the welfare, not only of one's own self, but that of others, too.

    We must not treat this lightly. Many lives are being affect...and will continue being affected for a long time to come...and not in a positive way.

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    1. Thanks Lee. We have gone to paranoid really. R has decided he will not go to see Mother on Thursdays. I probably should stop but it helps her so much to have different company and a drive out.

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  5. Sounds like a very lovely visit with a sweet child. I sure could use one of those right now.
    I put on all my protective gear to go to the Post Office and Grocery. The mission was accomplished before returning home to be decontaminated!
    Our little State is closing in on 500 cases now and 4 deaths. I have no need to go out now for perhaps a week.

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    1. Maribeth, given where you live and the precautions you are taking, you will be fine.

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  6. It's nice that Little M was able to de-stress R.
    I've been careful about going out to the shops, but since I discovered my suburb is right next to a "hot spot" suburb with the most cases in Adelaide, I'm more wary. I dragged out my old bandanna which I wear around my forehead in summer to keep sweat out of my eyes and washed it out to use as a mask next time I have to go to the shops. A neighbour who has been in QLD was finally able to come home and is now in quarantine in her flat for two weeks. I hope she doesn't come down with it.

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    1. River, if someone has distance breached you and talked to you, or if someone has coughed or sneezed in your direction, the bandanna could have been helpful.

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  7. Children can be very funny. Our 5 year old grandson, Boo Boo, keeps us amused. Kids have such an innocent, yet complex, view of life.

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    1. Cro, keeping you sane I am sure.

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  8. I laughed at the one. Children say some darndest things at times.

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    1. Margaret, yes, never expect children to be discreet.

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  9. Andrew, It's clearly not as bad for you down there as it is here. We are being told numerous times each day not to take in visitors from other households, especially very young family members mixing with older relatives.

    It's the very reason now why our older citizens are having to get acquainted with Skype and Facetime. It's the only way that families with relatives (Grandchildren, Nephews and Nieces) are communicating with each other. And of course it is making those elderly family members feel isolated.

    I've only been out (well protected) twice in the last few weeks. I hope and assume that I have a Virus free safe home. But my partner wants to come visit me for my Birthday next week which I'm not really happy about, as they have been out and about outside more than me.

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    1. Dee, hopefully not too late but we are restricting ourselves more now. I guess if you keep your distance and don't swig from the same bottle, you will probably be ok. But if you don't feel comfortable about it, then you need to explain to him why and do it nicely.

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  10. You note the readers quite rightly question the wisdom of such a visit to your flat. Her parents were probably delighted to have their daughter expanding her horizons for a day; little children are largely not at risk.

    But R is over 70, and is greatly at risk. He should be kept well away from strangers. Give him a big non-hug from me :)

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    1. Thanks Hels. He is becoming more isolationist himself.

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  11. Oh yes the questions never stop 😀 Sounds like a lovely time was had by all but probably best not to do it again, small children are full of bugs, especially if they go to daycare 😉

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    1. Grace, you are right. We won't have interaction for some time.

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  12. I have one brother who thinks its all ridiculous and plans to violate any distancing orders he can. Thankfully he lives currently where there isn't any virus infection. I hope that remains the same or he'll be one of the first to get it. Its nice R got destressed with the kids visit.

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    1. Strayer, I don't understand his thinking. Does he not see the death toll?

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  13. Little kids have no filter. AT ALL!

    Our daughter and her husband and two children are keeping themselves at home except for groceries. Our son is doing the same. My husband and I are still working but have protocols in place at our offices. Our provinces in Canada are starting the discussion of making ethical decisions on who gets treatment and who does not, if such decisions become necessary. And they will, I expect. Now I find myself wrestling with the idea of telling my husband it's okay to let me go if I'm that sick. A new study (small) has indicated that ventilators are not ultimately life-saving for about 70% of those with COVID-19. And it goes on and on. Meanwhile I am trying to do Swedish death cleaning!

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    1. Jenny, in a rich country like yours it should not come to that, surely. 200 plus deaths in your country. Your odds are good at this point and you have a sensible (and hot) PM.

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  14. I am surprised that you still have so much freedom ! A kid as visitor or visiting old mothers impossible here ! The retirement homes are closed for visitors and elderly people are not allowed to see their grandchildren. It's all too dangerous. Now when I go shopping I wear a mask and rubber gloves. Phew !

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    1. Gattina, there are severe restrictions on nursing home visitors. Our restrictions are becoming harder by the day.

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