Monday, 20 August 2012

Lost and Found

For a short time this weekend, I lost Jack.

Whilst camping at Longleat Caravan Park Jack and I were washing the dishes. Jack wrapped up his lot and I moved in to start mine.

Am I done then?
You're done.
Do I have to stay here? Can I got back to the camper?

The problem was that whole I could actually see our camper out the window of the dish washing room there wasn't a direct route to it. The route we has was rather windy. All the buildings and caravans look the same and there are little roads going off in every direction.

Do you know the way back?

A total lapse in judgement in my part, but I was only going to be a couple minutes so I was likely to catch him up on my way back to the camper so. To be honest I didn't give it much thought at all. I said, sure head on back I'll be right there.

Off he trotted with the step in hand. As the seconds passed and I scrubbed through the dishes I began to become more and more certain that he was going to get lost. And he did. 5 minutes later I hustled back to the camper to find no sign of him.

At no time was I really worried. The campsite wasn't all that big. The people are all friendly and helpfull and the step was heavy. So he wasn't going to have gone very far and he wouldn't have been moving very fast. I had a good idea of where he would be from previous strolls through the caravan park. He had a tendency to always veer to the right at on particular junction. Also there's only one way put of the caravan park and there were security cameras. I could see the exit and may even have snapped a photo of the licence plate of the single vacating caravan... just in case. but what kind of crazy panicky parent would actually do that... If needs be I could have the whole place locked down and filled with police and search helicopters within minutes. I didn't even have to unlock my phone to make that call.

One thing that did worry me was what state he would be in when I found him. Jack doesnt like being on his own and there nothing that makes you feel more alone than being lost. I was convinced I'd find him sobbing and shaking and traumatised and never wanting to let go of my hand ever again as long as he lived.

I found Jack after about five minutes pretty much right where I'd expected him to be, as I searched I was flagged down by some kids who had noticed him wander by with the step in tow. I strode to where they pointed and found him wandering between a couple of caravans. He was quite calm, clearly a little stressed but otherwise ok. I took the step from him and we strolled back to the camper. He got a little tearful as he talked about it later, as he thought about the experience a little bit more but all in all I think he's alright.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Loose Toof

While drying Jack after his bath a few weeks ago Helen noticed that one of Jack's teeth is starting to come loose. We all had a look and confirmed that there was a slight amount of back and forth movement.

Jack is very excited because loose teeth means tooth-fairy and that means money and Jack looooves money. He's often talked about the fortune that he will eventually amount with his teeth. Apparently his teeth get more valuable as you lose them. So by the time you get to the last few, they're worth up to £20... I suppose we'll see.

Yesterday Helen inspected the aforementioned tooth again after Jack had complained that it was sore at dinner time. We'd been keeping track of the tooth's stability which had remained unchanged as yet. We had a look at found quite a bit more movement, movement in more than one dimension. We're attributing the additional looseness to Jack's recent 'football to face' incidents at football school...

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Jack's playlist

Jack has quite a varied taste in music. He tends to favour rock and pop but really he just likes anything that's got a good groove.

When Jack is working or concentrating on something or he thinks no one is listening he quite often breaks into song. He'll sing out the one line he remembers over and over again until he remembers another part of the song or stumbles across a different song.

He tells me that at school they play music while the kids tidy up their activity stations. Apparently Glad You Came by The Wanted always slows down Jack's tidying on account of his inability to resist boogying down.

When he washes the dishes at home we put the radio on so he can have a little dance while he scrubs. He tries to sing along even though he very often hasn't heard the songs before. He says it's easy. You just have to follow the song.

I managed to make a recording of one of the singing sessions.

His favourite songs for summer 2012 are:

Clint Eastwood - the Gorillaz
Zombie Jamboree - Rockapella
Make me wanna die - The Pretty Reckless
TNT - AcDc
Glad You Came - The wanted
Monster - The Automatic
Been caught stealing - Jane's Addiction
Sexy and I know it - LMFAO
Oo de lally - Robin Hood Soundtrack
Even Flow - Pearl Jam

In case you're not familiar with some of these songs I've created a playlist for your perusal.