Well, today can best be described as a day full of dollies, Fisher Price (vintage) people and extras, chocolate cake and smarties, birthday candles and shape sorters. Pushchairs and little ironing boards, bags and a little girl who has not stopped talking since she walked in the door.
A little girl who helped her Moregranny fill vases of flowers. Who pulled up a chair and sorted the fruit bowl and "went shopping" repeatedly. And whose giggle and grin has delighted us all. As Glynis said this afternoon, we could sit and watch her all day. The child is showing immense talent for ordering people about. I suspect that the dream job for her would be Speaker in the House of Commons. She could absolutely sort out all MPs around these parts, with one hand tied behind her back.
AND don't forget that there is a birthday girl in the house too, of course. Mum is 86 today and we have sung happy birthday, she has opened presents and cards, and we have eaten cakes - David made a cinnamon one and Missy a chocolate one, and Peter and Glynis came to tea and a great time was had by all.
And then, for good measure, I skyped with the girls who are attending the 40th school reunion back in Cape Town. That was wonderful, even if I couldn't see them in the very dim light. It was great to catch up with some of them. And now it is flopping time. It is exhausting keeping up with little girls! But I am loving every minute.............
I will be back with photos later.
Day 12: For friendships forged in the classrooms of my youth - for voices from the past which are instantly recognisable. For a shared history. And for shared memories.