One night last week the in-laws stayed with the little Missies whilst the OH and I had some grown up time.
They served chicken and vegetables for dinner, with the Littlest Miss trying broccoli for the first time. (I can’t stand it, and as I am in charge of grocery shopping it rarely makes it’s way into our house) Her enthusiasm for the weird green vegie has been effusive. We had to buy some on Monday, and I was not permitted to put any other items on top of it in the trolley. She stood guard and stroked it from time to time.
Last night she polished off half of the broccoli for dinner.
It just makes me think that she may be the spitting image of me (that’s what people keep telling me) but she must get her food genes from her dad!
Miss 6 came home from school yesterday with a note advising us she had been selected to join an advanced writing program at school. It runs for two hours a week and is taken by a teacher from a school dedicated to ‘gifted’ students.
Naturally, we are thrilled. She has always loved writing, drawing and imaginative play.
So, why have I told no-one? I know a lot of my friend’s children have struggled at school, particularly the boys, and I feel like I would be rubbing Miss 6′s good fortune (‘cos intelligence is really luck) in their faces.
So, here is my brag -
I AM SO PROUD OF MY LITTLE GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
With this overseas posting forefront in my mind (even though we are talking 18 months time), I have been busy researching our two preferred destinations of Dusseldorf and Singapore.
Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Singapore – + closer to home, English speaking, live in maid (!). – live in maid may make me lazy, high cost of living, apartment living, humidity.
Dusseldorf – + culture and history of Europe. – the cold, the distance, not knowing the language (visions of trying to do the grocery shopping in a German supermarket are enough to keep me awake!)
Anyway, I have been trawling web sites and blogs for both places to try and familiarise myself. Two things that have alarmed me -
- I would be referred to as “The Trailing Spouse”. How belittling and degrading. Hmph!
- The blogs I have read from Singapore women have a high degree of whining about the help/maid/nanny. The thought of turning into one of those braying ex-pat wives horrifies me. Do they not understand the helpers are poor and uneducated? One woman’s blogs berates the poor helper for preparing too much food for dinner – cook it yourself if it’s that big a problem!!!!!!!!
I need to put all the issues of moving overseas out of my head until we know where and when we are going. But how?