Friday, April 05, 2013

Joining in, the right person for the job and easy banking.

1. A small voice recites a few lines from the book we are reading.

2. The woman behind me in the queue is being lovely to the three small children in her care. She calls them "darling" and "gorgeous" and her focus is on them all the time. There is not a trace of stress or impatience in her voice and they are serene and compliant. I gather from the conversation that she is their nanny. It's always a pleasure to watch someone with the childcare temperament at work -- I envy her (and her charges), and I wish I could focus on Alec in the same unselfconscious manner.

3. I go to the bank expecting a fight. I have a fistful of ID and a heart full of determination. "I can do it as a direct transfer if you like?" she says. ... "There, it's gone through."


  1. I found myself thinking of this post last night. I love your appreciation (#2) of the woman's way with the children, but I wonder at the note of envy. It seems to me that you are very focused and understanding of Alec, and he is a very lucky boy, learning so much and knowing such love. Hugs!

    1. I just don't have that lovely glossy patience that all the nursery staff have. I love and like Alec, and enjoy his company (most of the time) but I don't like all children everywhere as they do. But, as a reader on Facebook pointed out, they go home at the end of the day so it's all a bit different.

  2. Roger learnt to read by learning Thomas books by heart, then fitting the hieroglyphs to what he knew it said.


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