Letters to Baobao
Life’s been a bit of a blur lately if only because not much is happening and all of it is blending together. Thus I often feel like I don’t have anything interesting to report back on.
Your mother’s taken up lettering and making the house more homey. It’s something I’ve always neglected, but after living here for six years, she wants to make it feel like home. She’s been testing paints on the wall and even put up some wallpaper in one corner of the house that was a cross between a practice run and personal activity one afternoon while we were in a fight.
Your mother has also been catching up on pop culture by binge watching shows like Heroes or This is Us. She’s now also reading the A Song of Ice and Fire. The one show we watch together – like can’t wait to get you to go to sleep so we can watch it – is Game of Thrones. Sadly, it’s coming to an end and this final season hasn’t been great in our opinions.
Other shows we’ve enjoyed over the years, which I hope you’ll one day watch include Homeland (at least seasons 1 and 2), The Wire, The Leftovers, and Rectify. I also personally enjoyed Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
In between all this, we’ve had some more hemming and hawing over what direction we want to go with your education. Probably more a philosophical debate about whether we want you in a more socioeconomic homogenous school that’s more focused on academics vs. seeing some more diversity…i.e., private vs. public school. Anyway, just a lil flavor of life these days.
Although it’s your third Easter, it was your first Easter egg hunt this year. But if I were to look at it through your eyes, I think it’s just a game of hide-and-seek with a candy reward.
It all started with a visit to an amusement park farm in north London where you had a mini-egg hunt with your friend Harvey. Seeing how much fun you had there, your mother bought some wooden eggs, which we decorated and then put to good use.
With the help of Uncle Freddy and Uncle JJ, we had a 3-hour marathon session of egg hunting in our flat. We started off easy – like tucked on Uncle JJ’s glasses easy – and basically stayed easy because you just liked hiding them in the same spots over and over.
When it’s your turn to hide eggs, you were very helpful in telling us exactly where you hid them. You also like to hide your eggs in bulk…like five in a single spot or in a row!
The candy exchange rate started as one gummy per wooden egg (you still hate chocolate!), but quickly depreciated as it became clear we would be having many more egg hunts…it’s about a week later and we’re still having egg hunts with eggs still in the same hiding spots!