Archive for April, 2013

Dream sequence

Eliza

A discussion of dreams while walking to school, led to an experiment. Eliza had been told that if two people are dreaming of the same place, they’ll see each other in their dream. A little like the familiar-looking spectators in the background to a Wii game we wondered. Eliza nominated McDonald’s as the location and we went to bed with that destination in mind. But the theory remains unproven as the next morning only Robin, more suggestible or less reliable, reported getting to the chosen place in his dreams.

Gabe

Gabe is in a high run of form on the football field. He has started to complement his silky midfield passing with a more physical presence – harrying and tackling opponents. He came to the fore in a cup semi-final, which his team won in nerve-wracking fashion.

Robin

Robin has followed brother and sister down the Harry Potter route. He has finished the first book in the series and is reluctant to read his school book club assignment as it diverts him from school wizardry.

Alone at home

Gabe

If L has a late meeting at work, Eliza and Robin go to after-school club. There’s no straightforward option for Gabe. There could be – he could wait at home, alone. He had a front door key, although that is now lost. But Gabe has a fear of being alone at home. In the past, he’s preferred to wait on the drive, in the dark and rain. He doesn’t wait patiently, but texts and calls L to find out where she is. She is where she told him she would be. Last week, he did let himself in, but took fright and ran outside again. L and I wait for something to click but, until it does, working late for L creates angst for mother and son.

Eliza

Eliza was the co-accused in a case of cyber-bullying. Closer inspection of the evidence showed an innocuous email, misconstrued by a headstrong schoolmate who had been ‘being mean’ to Eliza and her closest friend. Apologies have been said and we’ve had our first brush with the difficulties of children and digital communication.

Robin

A long run of football birthday parties was broken by a climbing wall party. Robin revisited his heroics of many years ago and was one of only two of the boys at the party to climb to the top of the wall.

Teeth – wobbly and crooked

All three kids are at the age of shedding milk teeth and growing the big ones. Yet months go by without any dental development. Then a month like this.

    Gabe

Gabe announced a wobbly tooth. Within days he could lift it with his tongue and feel the serrated edge of its underside. But it stayed put with a single strand of root for two weeks. Gabe was too squeamish to apply the definitive pull, put provided regular updates. Its time did arrive and there was much relief. A few days later, biting into an Easter goody, another tooth fell out, this one had not even been introduced as wobbly or made the subject of discussions about how long teeth take to fall out.

    Robin

Robin chipped one of his front top teeth years ago. Playing football in the garden, he extracted it when volleying the ball he ducked his head, followed through with leg and foot, smashing his knee into his mouth. It has created a gap apparently the width of several teeth and gives him a rascally look that suits well.

    Eliza

Eliza has two front teeth too big for her mouth. Short on space they’re attempting a cross-over manoeuvre. It’s very clearly one of my genetic gifts to her.