A child in the houseOctober 23, 2012
It's quiet here. We hear the general noise of most small neighbourhoods, like an occasional car driving by, lawn mowers and sometimes a dog barking, but most of the time it's birds or wind or just silence. Late in the afternoon, especially around this time of year, flocks of ducks and magpie geese fly overhead. At the moment, willy wagtails are swishing over the grass, competing with the chooks for insects and the spangled drongos are here to rest on their annual migration to New Guinea.
It's been a slow and gentle day. I've done some writing, baked a cake, vacuumed and washed the floors and then there is the sound of a car driving in and look who walks through the door. It's Jamie!
It is amazing to me how quickly the feeling of a home changes as soon as children are about.
Soon there are snacks to make.
and stories to tell.
I wonder who I can play with...
Opa is here! We can play you push my car.
And there is so much to do outside. There are chooks to chase and so much grass to run on.
But I still help Opa collect the eggs.
And I have to help daddy wash the car so I'll zoom around like a jet so he can't splash me with that hose.
Opa and I walk in the garden and talk about the flowers.
What's that grandma, it's time for tea?
I'll just put these on and she won't recognise me.
He's is growing up so fast, but I said that about his father too and I guess my mum said it about me. Soon we'll get to see much more of Kerry, Sunny and Jamie because at the end of the year, they'll move up the coast to be closer to us. We're looking forward to that and to being able to help care for Jamie while Kerry and Sunny work.
It's 5.30am and I can hear Jamie waking. He's talking to Sunny. Soon they'll be up, breakfast will be on the table and the day will begin with a child in the house. I hope you enjoy your day.