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.