Our little girl is all the way at the other side of the world. It was planned, she was excited and we were delighted she was getting this opportunity to have some one-on-one time with her grandparents, something she has often foregone as the eldest of 4. However, the reality has been a little different.
Talking to her on Skype we see a little girl firmly in control of those around her, through no fault of hers or theirs, refusing to do things and speaking to adults in a way she has not been raised to do. Then I realised telling her off through the camera has zero impact. Further thought reminds me she is only 6, away from her parents and although it’s ‘home’ for us it’s not for her. She’s being the best she can be and I’m happy when she tells me that she’s having fun.
She arrives back into Melbourne in the early hours of Saturday to 3 adoring siblings that have missed her a lot.