It's not until other children play up that Pocket & The Legend's wonderfulness is really brought to light.
I know our kids are good kids. People often comment on their manners and how well behaved they are when they're out and about (if only same people saw them at home lol). Manners are very high on The Bloke & my list of priorities, as is honesty and respect, and for the most part, Pocket and The Legend are fantastic at living up to our expectations in these areas.
We are currently in week two of what is becoming a very drawn out visit from a home-stay student from Japan. Unlike Pocket and The Legend, this boy lacks in manners and respect and for want of a better phrase, is doing my head in.
I am so glad Japan headed off to bed at the same time as The Legend tonight. I am so happy to just sit here with The Bloke and not have to deal with him. As terrible as that may sound, I never expected I'd have to harp on and on at a teenager as much as one would expect to harp on at a pre-schooler.
The weekend was raining and we were stuck inside for most of it and like a broken record I repeated the same requests...
"Japan, please do not sit on the back of the couch"
"Japan, please let the cat sleep"
"Japan, please don't tutu with the tv when someone's watching it"
"Japan, please wash your hands"
"Japan, please don't touch the other kids' food"
"Japan, the cat doesn't need more food"
"Japan, please stay at the table until we've all finished eating"
"Japan, do you have any clothes to be washed"
"Japan, please open your curtains & make your bed"
"Japan, don't run in the house"
and that's just an example. All things that the average four year old is able to comprehend. Now while I know there is a language barrier, there are things which go without saying and things which are just common sense, in any language... or perhaps in any language but Japanese ?
Hate to say it, but roll on Saturday.