It’s some time since I moaned about either of my ‘patients’ but I’d like to share a few of Whale’s annoying little habits with you.
On the relatively rare occasions when i can sit down for a coffee with a visitor, Whale invariably has to chip in with something that he needs. It might be another bottle of milk or water – but nothing urgent.
For example: yesterday when I was chatting earnestly with my neighbour about her husband’s forthcoming bypass operation there was a quiet “Sandy” from Whale.
I pretended not to hear.
“Sandy” a bit louder this time, but I still didn’t respond.
Finally, an urgent shout, “Sandeeeee”.
OK, perhaps it really was something serious.
“Yes, what is it?”
“Do you know where Jay has gone?”
I replied, testily that I didn’t even know he’d gone out.
A few days ago CC, Jay and I were busy preparing a meal. Whale can see and hear what’s going on because his room opens onto the kitchen.
Suddenly he piped up,
“Do you think you could check my blood pressure?”
Before I could speak, both CC and Jay chorused,
“Not NOW dad!!”
Since the new stove has been in operation the whole of the open plan groundfloor has been as warm as toast. However, Whale wants to keep his radiator on fairly high.
Today, while we were cooking he suddenly complained that his radiator wasn’t hot.
“But you can’t be cold, dad” said CC. “or you’d put a jumper on.”
“But I’ve just taken it off because I was too hot.” he replied.
You have to laugh, otherwise you’d go completely mad, but that’s what it’s like living in our house. . . . . . . .