1999: Happy Christmas! I didn’t wake up until 7.50, in mum’s bed where I had apparently been for most of the night. We went into my room to see if Father Christmas had been. He had and I had a great big sack full of presents. Mummy went down to make tea and milk while I started on the first present, which turned out to be a game. I asked mum to play too but she said we couldn’t play with everything as we had lots of pressies to unwrap. We took the sack to her bed and carried on through the sack opening, pens, paints, sweets, illuminating stars, a home bake Tubbie cookies set etc. I carried on eating and unwrapping until we got to the lorry and cars that Aunty Eesa had bought then we had to go downstairs and play. I did carry on unwrapping though – a musical toothbrush, tools, a moneybox, a harmonica and of course more chocolate. A lovely healthy balanced breakfast. We went to Nanny and Pa’s, me dressed in my new handyman outfit, which I’d also unwrapped. Uncle Terry arrived shortly afterwards and then Pa with Bomper and for the next few hours we opened lots and lots more presents. Mummy got a computer from Uncle Terry and a bike from Nanny, Pa and Bomper and I got a snowsuit, a Harley Davidson bike jacket, and a bike seat for mums bike. We all sat down for dinner, which was lovely, and then mummy and Terry nipped home to get my Teletubbies bike helmet. When they got back mum put it on me and Pa went upstairs to get her new bike. But it looked a bit smaller and it was all wrapped up again. Oh wow a motorbike all of my very own! I went for a ride all kitted out but the stabilizers aren’t very good so I can’t ride it on my own yet. I probably would have worn the battery out anyway! Later mummy and Pa put my seat on her bike and we went ‘round the block’ which was great fun and then we packed all our pressies in the car and went home. I decided to cover myself in felt tip pen so I ended up in the bath and mummy ended up in a strop. I was quite tired so mum put my new Winnie the Poo pyjamas and later when I went to bed I looked up at mummy before I fell asleep and said, “Thank you mummy, for my bike”. She smiled, gave me a big hug and I fell asleep
2019 – Got back to mums at 12.30 – I may be 22 but I still want to wake up here Christmas Morning. Woke up at 11 when Kiegan arrived. We opened presents and later Nana, Pa, Marks parents and Zof came round for Christmas dinner. We are going to see Les Miserable at Norwich in March and I have a voucher for Clay Pigeon shooting. Tonight we drank and munched on cheese board and left overs and Zof and I ended up staying the night. Was a lovely chilled family day ( although mum is hoping we can do Christmas next year or her present to everyone will be paying for us all to eat out!)
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1999: I waved mum off from the settee at Edons (I forgot yesterday -oops!). I was a good boy today, but still in my showing off mood a bit when mum came to collect me this evening. I soon calmed down, and put my shoes on nicely when mum said about going out to play in the garden again when we got home. We even put my slide together. I can walk up it both ways with no help at all. I thought the rabbit run was a great climbing frame too, but mum didn’t seem too impressed when I headed towards it! I then decided to put my bike over the slide. Mum decided to take a photo, but I wasn’t very amused because the bike was stuck and I got extremely frustrated trying to get it down, and mum had photographic evidence. Or does she? Mum – you’re supposed to put film in the camera first!!! Anyway, I sorted it in the end, without help, which I most definitely do not need thank you very much. Things went fairly well tonight, until it came to cleaning my teeth – we both wanted to do it. Well they are my teeth after all, and if I want to just suck the toothpaste off the brush then I don’t see the problem. Mummy won in the end. I told mum my own bedtime stories tonight – how I was sick today when I coughed in Edons car. ‘I had to shout Edon’ for her to stop’. It’s the first mum’s heard of this, but she seems amused. Then I told her how I’d bumped my head and chin on the ceiling, the wardrobe and the wall!
2019: Is it really here? I met mum in the Kings Head at Beccles – she stopped drinking 6 weeks ago but had a glass of wine in her hand. Luckily she was still able to read the tenancy and sign the guarantor side of things, with strict instructions that our rent is our priority as she does not want to lose her house. We unloaded, drove back to mums, reloaded and again unloaded after shopping in B&M for food and pillows etc. Mum is wondering when it really does start to get cheaper ……. Exhausting but wonderful day and tonight Zof and I stayed in our new home. No bedtime stories needed zzzzz
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1999: Padded into mums room and stroked her hair – well it is Mothers day and I know how to make her happy. Nanny and Pa came round with a new kettle and I gave mum a card and a bear ornament, which I chose when I was out with Nanny. I saw the other children playing out in the street on their bikes and after much pointing, and longing looks, mum let me have my first ride on my bike in the street. It was great – and I only fell off once – no bumps though. I’ve got one on my head from earlier though when Pa took me to the toilet – I bent down to wipe my willie and banged my head on the pan! Grandma came to collect me this morning and off I went to Daddy’s, bike an’ all. Dad is moving to Kent on Thursday, so I don’t know when I’ll get to see him again. I had a lovely day but it was very tiring. One minute I was playing in the corner of the settee and the next thing I knew I was back at home with Uncle Teddy (we now have a T) cuddling me and trying to wake me up. I ended up going to bed early tonight – Something to do with ‘overstepping the mark’. Thing is I didn’t step, and I didn’t see any mark – I did hit mummy on the knee and refused to say sorry. She did threaten me with bed, but I didn’t think she’d actually do it, but she did, and now I’m in bed – and all because Uncle Teddy woke me up when I was still tired.
2019: No bike riding today but a drive over to Beccles to read tenancy agreement and the first signature is on. Now its getting real. I think we are both excited and scared all at the same time. We will soon have another place to call home as I have continued adding many more home from homes over the years.
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