I had Catriona, The Family's eleven year old daughter, for the day today.
"I don't like crossing Tennyson Street on my own, Graham." So Catriona this morning when we went into town. "Well you can always hold my hand if you want to." said I smiling "but you may not want to do that." "The point is, Graham," came the response "people might think that I was helping you across the street."
As I couldn't stop laughing we nearly missed the green go man at the traffic lights.
That set the tone for the rest of the day. Catriona is witty and entertaining company and a joy to be with. But then I'm not a parent! As everyone assumed that I was her grandfather, though, I was delighted to take the role on for the rest of our time together today.
Imagine a 3D movie of animated characterisations of cavemen called The Croods. The Dreamworks blurb describes it as a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever. Does that sound just like my sort of film? No. However Catriona thought it would be a good idea to see it (and I certainly wasn't going to be party to her seeing any of the other 4 or 5 films that were showing at the cinema!). We were the only people in that screening (actually on the way out we did see a young couple hidden on the back row: ah memories). And you know what? I thought it was brilliant. I'd never seen a 3D movie since the days of those red and green paper spectacles you held up in front of your eyes and was mesmerised by the effects. Catriona dismissed the 3D effects as below average. We both agreed on the fact that it had been well worth seeing.
Afterwards I took her to play croquet. She enjoyed that too.
Home for spag bol and another film until Mum and Dad came home from the practice and came down to The Cottage see how we'd got on (and so I fed them too).
I still can't work out what I have done to deserve such a good life these days?