This week seems to have sailed by casually. Jessy was in Sheffield staying with my ex and her fiancee from Friday morning until Sunday evening. On Saturday I took my 14 and 15 year old nephews indoor skydiving, which I’d got them as a Christmas present. It was great fun watching them and I think they enjoyed it too. I took my middle nephew for a meal at the Nawaab, an amazing Indian Buffet just up the road from us. It’s rare to have the chance to spend time with the teenage nephews on their own so it was good to have a catch up together. Over the weekend I enjoyed hanging around in my pyjamas, spent far too much time on the computer and went to Richmond Tea Rooms with a friend.
Jessy was very taken with the hymns at the church service we attended as part of St. George’s Day Parade last week. He’s been walking around singing ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. We might try going to a church service, but in the mean time I ordered ‘Come and Praise’ – the hymn book I remember from primary school, which is still apparently very popular. I got the CD to go with it so that Jessy can hear the tunes. It was an instant trip down nostalgia lane! Jessy picks up the songs quickly and last night we sat in bed singing hymns from the book together. My favourite song, number 27 ‘There’s a Child in the Streets’ wasn’t on the CD, so I sang it for Jessy and it even helped to calm him down when he was tired and tetchy.
Jessy made a little shop one morning with a timetable of opening hours stuck to the kitchen door and a Welcome mat on the floor. He’d laid out all the book he’s made over the last couple of years and created money for me to use out of paper. He said it was also a cafe which meant I could get tea and toast (ie breakfast!) while I shopped. He explained that it was a self service cafe where you can use any of the ingredients in the kitchen to cook what you like. I thought that sounded like a good idea!
One of our cats Nimbus, developed an abscess and needed to go to the vet. Nimbus is the second cheeky boy in my house and has acquired the nickname ‘Naughty Nimbus’ because he always seems to be up to mischief! Jessy came with me, and the vet was great at including him, asking Jessy to fetch cotton wool to help clean the abscess. Jessy has also helped me at home when I gave him his antibiotic injections, by holding Nimbus steady for me. Jessy is sometimes a bit too full on with the cats, and has a tendency to hold them when they’re not always in the mood. He cares a lot for them though and often feeds them without being asked and he’s gentle with them even if he does over fuss them!
When I collected Jessy from Wood School this Thursday I thought he had suddenly aged 10 years. He looked as though he’d grown a beard! On closer inspection it proved to be red marker pen – a lot of red marker pen! Jessy informed me it was blood – the Twilight phase is still going strong! The teachers apologised but I simply shrugged and said I’d given up bothering about it! He has enjoyed drawing on himself on and off for a while now. The ‘Avatar’ phase was especially fun, he went around with blue arrows up his arms and legs and on his forehead. This morning’s addition was a large black lightning scar on his forehead. He went to cubs with a faded red blood-beard and a large black scar. I really do give up!!
I’ve thrown myself into my Japanese studies this week. I’ve done several new audio lessons, practiced writing hiragana and continued to learn katakana. Jessy is picking up more as well. Today I tried asking him ‘Naneka tabe mas ka?’ (Would you like something to eat?) and he replied ‘Hiee’ (yes), so I continued ‘Nannio tabe mas ka?’ (What would you like to eat?) and he told me what he would like. He’s passing on what he knows to his friends too. One of my friends says she’s been putting the Japanese CD on at her house too so hopefully the kids can start chatting together as they learn more.
Today’s Tuesday Group was arranged at the last minute so I suggested the park round the corner from me. It’s been a lovely sunny day, although chilly in the wind. The kids climbed trees and played in the playground. We set up a game of croquet, and my friends laughed at my posh Buckinghamshire upbringing as I talked about how we used to play croquet on the lawn with our antique wooden croquet set. I showed Jessy how to play.
It’s been a quieter week than usual with Jessy being away, but sometimes quiet is lovely. 🙂