My Charlie boy certainly has his strengths and weaknesses but I’m adding another strength to the list and that is geography.
Today we went for a bike ride with some friends down an old railway line. It was wonderful. To get to one of the access points we had to go down some back roads I last drove down about Easter time when Charlie had his last swimming lesson with waterbabies. We did the route once a week before that since he was 12 weeks old. Charlie asked me,
‘are we going swimming Mummy?’ and my jaw dropped. Back roads look like back roads but he had recognised the route.
Another time we were visiting my Mum but I took a detour via the sorting office and when I turned left instead of going straight on, Charlie yelled ‘Mummy you are going the wrong way!’
He knows his right and left (better than most of my patients!!) and often tells me which way to turn at junctions (towards the park he knows he saw there last time)
On the bike ride today Charlie noticed landmarks along the way, a road, some cows, a tractor and he anticipated seeing them again on the way back.
Oh my god was the bike ride hard! Pulling a trailer with 2 children in it, Charlie’s bike, my friends bag (which had a litre of water in it!!) kagools, water for me and the children, nappy bag, emergency food etc… nearly killed me. We did about 6 miles and I worked hard for every metre we moved. I am about ready to flop into bed right now, but not sure I can actually walk up the stairs……
I’ll leave you with this anecdote from the week (facebook friends will have already seen it)
I was giving Charlie and Rosa a bath this evening and Charlie told me he needed a wee, so I went to open the toilet lid and lift him out to go, and he said,
‘it’s alright Mummy, you just open it and I will go from here’ *said with a hip thrust*
Ah, no sweetheart