These March hols, Day (and I too) catches up with old friends. (rather, I do the catching up for him by arranging all sorts of play dates so we won’t both be sitting at our computers, me at work and him on his games and Youtube vids, the entire day)
For all his loutishness in the past, Matt has become an incredibly likeable, warm fellow whom, well, I really like.
Apparently he always asks for Day, clamouring to visit whenever his mum drives past our home, and proudly declares Day to be his “childhood friend”. He talks about how he has never forgotten some of the things he used to do with Day and clearly, he holds his memories dearly.
We have not seen him in, oh, over a year or more.
Day, when I tell him he is meeting Matt, turns to me puzzled: Why? I haven’t seen him for so long.
Sigh. Precisely that, my unsentimental son.
In between computer games at their respective houses, Day's other childhood friend, Kieran, and him, vote for lunch at MacDonalds.
In between the two beach MacDonalds outlets – the old one which is closing this Sunday and the new one which has just opened at the Seafood Centre at a prime spot with a view of ships and sea – they both shoot their hands up for the latter.
Which makes me feel very old because it is only old fogeys like me who want to go back to and say a proper goodbye to the past.
Day knows these outings as the ones where the six females head into one toilet and he the solo male heads into the other.
* PK's two girls, Kaiqin and Kaining
* PK with Kaiqin and Lu
He however, has a real tendre for hanging out with tall tomboys like Kaining (the other being cousin Janine).
* In the aftermath of police and thief. KN has been chasing Day the thief. The stripes are a coincidence.
He really likes running and chasing around these girls, who are younger than him but who are about a head taller.
* Day, Jo, Lu, Kaining and Kaiqin with the fat man outside the Kiseki Japanese Buffet Restaurant
The thing about our home now is that there are no friendly neighbours to speak of.
The only neighbor-friend Day still has, is the one living next to my mum’s, Alex, whom we get to see more of this holiday.
* Everyone's favourite, the vintage swing
* Thaddeus, Alex's bro, in the middle of ... something, I'm not sure what
* Playing catch at Alex's
Me, I like these catch-ups. It's wonderful seeing the kids grow.