We were having dinner at a little restaurant in Vienna when I noticed Georgie and his tablet seemed to be getting a lot of attention from the people around us. It didn’t occur to me at the time but later on I realised that tablets/iPads/tech gadgets weren’t popular among kids at restaurants or coffee shops. Actually I don’t think I saw a single child carrying or playing on one the whole time we were there.
This made me laugh. It also amazed me and that’s why I’m sharing it on the blog.
On Saturday morning Georgie got creative with two leeks he found on the kitchen counter. Ninja-fighting or kung fu fighting or whatever you want to call it, he played with those leeks for most of the day. This is a great example of how inventive and imaginative kids can be.
The other day Georgie had a much-appreciated day off school so we lazily made our way to Larnaca for some lunch and sea air. Sitting down for a meal with my boy is one of my favourite things to do. Just him and me, it’s something I try to fit in our schedule at least once a week.
But that day I had a sudden urge to buy a magazine and read at lunch while basking in the warm sun. Obviously with a five-year old in tow there was no way that was going to happen the way I pictured it happening. But I did have a trusty old colouring book and pencils with me. You know the one you keep for special occasions such as these. So we sat down for lunch and I opened my magazine and dove straight into an article about the Brexit and how women can affect the vote when Georgie pointed out the word ‘the’. And then ‘that’ and ‘up’. I put the magazine down, took one of his colouring pencils and circled the word ‘and’. ‘What about that one?’ I said. He read it. Loud and clear.
It’s a birthday party tradition that I remember as a child. Don’t you? The image of a little plastic bag with printed colourful balloons pops to mind. Although its strange I cannot recall what was actually IN those bags -balloons? sweets?-, I remember the excitement of receiving one.
Last year was the first time I prepared goodie bags for Georgie’s little friends. Inside the boys’ bags I placed a rolled up Superman poster tied with a balloon. The girls got a mermaid poster. Both were hand drawn and gorgeous and I’m told they looked amazing on the kids’ bedroom walls.
This week it was Georgie’s birthday. He is now 5 years old.
I get a bit emotional at his birthdays, when he blows out the candles and I realise how bloody quickly time goes by. I hugged him tight on the morning of his birthday and whispered the words ‘my baby’ to which he replied: ‘No mama. I am now 5 years old so I am not a baby anymore.’ I made it abundantly clear that no matter how old he is he will always be MY baby. If you follow me on Instagram you can catch me singing happy birthday to Georgie as he was waking up with a smile on his face.