Thursday 28 November 2013
1993 St Michael's Mount. A toilety day.
Sam did his thing again, panicking that one of us would miss the boat, or take too long or something of that nature. He was such a worry-guts. George, on the other hand, seemed to be collecting toilets, or maybe he was affected by the sound of the water, whatever the reason, he needed to go again. I was meanly making Jim take them to the toilet. After all they could hardly go in the ladies, could they? (Actually I didn't tell him, but that's where they usually went when he wasn't there). Consequently Jim was spending more time than he wanted to in the rather sandy and smelly public toilets that seemed to be available at the time in Cornwall. They are better now thank goodness.
Jim had been to the toilets with the boys and found that they were not terrible. He had a nice walk and stretched his legs. He enjoyed the view and altogether he felt the day had been pretty good.
It didn't last.
Children go through many phases as they are growing up. Working out what presses their adults' buttons is their main aim in life. As soon as they have worked it out, they press them unmercifully. Jim always wanted everyone to have a good time, particularly when food was involved. The boys knew this, so only ever really complained about the food! They didn't do it to me. I was always a bit of a dustbin, so they knew if they didn't like their food, I would probably eat it, at which stage they would suddenly find it much more appetising.
Somehow, looking at it with more adult eyes, we didn't like seeing all the strange creatures and deep dangerous looking rocks which had been underneath us in the water when we swam. They were always there, but we had pretended they weren't! In consequence, we both felt quite proud of ourselves, but we never wanted to do it again.
I see Jim is about to have to find another toilet.
Watch out for the next instalment where his life is about to take a bit of a downturn. (Nothing really serious, for those of you who don't relish cliff hangers with stress!)