Friday, July 22, 2011

To the pool, entertaining the baby and waiting.

1. It's not our swimming day, but we need to pay for next term's classes, and Alec has been... well a bit whiny, because he is bored and dis-satisfied with everything. So I pack the swimming bag and set off for the pool. As we come out of the station, I see Godfather Tim stumping up the road, which is a pleasing co-incidence. And we get our swim free because without realising it, we've collected points.

2. Alec starts groaning theatrically on the train -- it seems that the high summer countryside on the most beautiful stretch of railway line in the world* whizzing by at 40mph is now passée -- and I don't have a toy with which to distract him. I turn him round to face me and sing his favourite songs into his ear. As we get off the train, the man sitting across the aisle from us says "That improved the journey, thank you. He's going to have no problems with attachment or train journeys now."**

3. Nick is waiting for us at the top of the station stairs.

* my opinion, please don't be cross if you visit and it's not.

** actually, looking at that, he could have been being sarcastic. Does anyone else think he was being sarcastic? I can't imagine that he would have enjoyed Alec whinging, though.


  1. "Stumping"? ;D More like stumbling!

    And it was a joy to see you two, too.

    PS. I don't think he was being sarcastic. Sarcasm usually comes in shorter bursts - I believe he was being sincere.

  2. I think he was sincerely complimenting a lovely mother-child moment. I have helped mothers entertain their babies on plane flights . . . and felt the gratitude of others. An unhappy child is nearly impossible to ignore (I suspect its part of our genetic code, spurring us to protect the young).

  3. Thanks Mary -- a whining child is like fingernails on a blackboard. I feel so sorry for a bored child who is told off, essentially for not having the experience and ability to entertain himself. I carry two toys to keep Alec's voice sweet, and I'm really hoping I can encourage him not to whine.

    Tim -- you were definitely stumping. You looked like Dr Watson back from Afghanistan.

  4. "You looked like Dr Watson back from Afghanistan."

    I'll quite happily live with that comparison :D


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