A guest post from The Dad.
Fainjin was home again today, with the cough and runny nose not abating. And it was my turn to take a day off work to look after him. After Kate and Babess caught the bus into town, Fainjin and I took Pearl to school, stopping for a tour of the classroom where Fainjin watched with fascination a group of big boys playing with Beyblades.
We then went to get something we’d promised Fainjin a little while ago – his very own clock so he could see what time it was in the morning and stay in his room until at least 6am. At the store which has perpetual sales, the digital clocks and clock radios were all half-price, so Fainjin and I studied the options and eventually chose one which he carried proudly to the cashier and back to the car.
Back home, we set it up next to his bed and he practised telling me the time. Although it has a radio, the switch is hidden on the side, and as Fainjin can’t read I thought we’d be safe from him playing with it for some time. But he quickly found out that the Sleep button does the job. Thankfully the novelty wore off quickly and he found other ways to occupy the afternoon. But when Babess got home, he immediately remembered to demonstrate his new capability to her. They disappeared into their room, with Babess closing the door behind her and telling me “No Dad, you can’t come in ‘cos I’m going to DANCE!”.
Has a monster been unleashed? So far, it doesn’t seem so as they soon got back into their normal routine and were ready for dinner, and there haven’t been any unusual noises blaring out of their room since bedtime.
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