October 20th – The Lions Lair

1999:  Edons first thing, then off to Nan’s – I was ready and waiting for her when she arrived.  I saw Pa, Nanny, Bomper and Uncle Telly – who painted a tiger on my face with Nan’s make up and printed me a picture from the Lion King from Pa’s computer.  We’d already had tea when mum came home and mum and I went up to the bathroom to “surprise” everyone with the new clean me.  Uncle Telly gave me £5 for some sweeties and Nanny has collected lots of ‘coloured bits’ for my sponsored yoghurt pot (and sponsored me too!)  Once back home I went to bed but told mummy she had “forgotten something” – a “wet wipe in my bed”.  She did laugh and was very impressed with my speech, but didn’t have a clue why I was requesting this!

2019: Not a good day. Completely exhausted when I got in from work. I just didn’t have the energy to cook anything and so asked Zof to do so. This ended up in a dispute and so I got some space and went to mums for a bit where I polished off the rest of the beef hotpot they had made for dinner. I had a chat with mum when she advised that cooking is only a life skill once you have learnt to do it. Just because I have always cooked and seem to have a natural flare, not everyone does. Point made, I headed back home.

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February 14th Valentines Day

1999:  Daddy’s today.  I arrived back home at 5 and Granddad told mummy I had been a good boy and had fun.  I had seen all my cousins and my Aunties too.  When I got into the car to come home I had fallen asleep, mummy carried me indoors in my car seat, but when she took my hat and coat off I woke up.  Big smiles, we were glad to see one another and had big hugs and big cups of tea too. I had had dinner at daddy’s but Pa had made mummy a chicken roast and so naturally I helped her eat it, especially the afters which was bread and butter pudding.  Well there’s only one great dinner in the world and that’s the one on your mum’s plate!  I asked mum, by pointing at the telly and saying ‘rar’ if we could put the Lion King on (she’s catching onto the English language pretty fast for a mother) and we sat and watched it – we even sang and danced to some of it too but Mum had to go out of the room when the daddy lion died though – she finds it far too sad!  You’d think she’d be used to it by now – he dies fairly often after all. 

2019:  Valentines day. Zof came over tonight. I had a box of prezzies on the bed for her surrounded by rose petals and I cooked dinner. Such a romantic – unlike Mark who gave mum a card telling her to relax and not worry about the housework as it would still be there tomorrow! He did take her out to dinner though.

And Mum still has to go out of the room when the Daddy Lion dies in Lion King. She had a struggle a couple of years ago when we went to see the show in London though. I think she just shut her eyes!

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