Colm visited us on Friday at midday, as arranged. Collette and baby Lucas were here too.
I had several very urgent matters to attend to in my business...but I thought, hell, family is more important, so I took most of the day off.
Colm seemed to be good form and decided he wanted to stay until 7 pm, after dinner. After briefly chatting to us and telling me that he wanted to phone his mother (so it wasn't just a flash in the pan), he went into the kitchen to be by himself and to watch tv. He likes his own company. I tried to contact his mother, but there was no answer. Colm didn't appear to be too worried by this - it's rare for his mum to answer the phone when we ring. He went back to watching tv and eating everything in the house.
Around 4 pm, as Collette was getting ready to go home, Colm's (and Collette's) mother rang us. Colm was overjoyed.
During the ensuing conversation, Colm's mum arranged to meet him when she comes to see her grandson, sometime in March. She's going to take him on a shopping trip.
Uh-oh... Shopping trips with mum are always trouble.
Colm handed me the phone. "Mum tell you come March" he informed me, which meant that his mother wanted to explain to me about her forthcoming visit. I was relieved to learn that she hadn't given Colm a firm date for her visit. And no, she didn't want to talk to Collette just now.
Colm always communicates using truncated sentences. You get used to them after a while. Makes you realise just how few words you really need to convey information.
After the call ended, Colm asked Collette to take him back home. My house is, he informed me, "wee bit boring". I like it when Colm wants to go home. It means that he's happy there. It wasn't always like that...
Colm has been more relaxed since his visit home. He is apprehensive about seeing his mum, but I told him that it wouldn't happen until the end of March or April. If he's given a fixed date, he obsesses about it and, close to the time, has the worst anticipatory anxiety you can imagine. I can easily persuade his mother not to take him on a shopping trip - they always end in disaster - she can take him to McDonald's instead. That will please him and it's a much less threatening environment.
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Collette later told me that, despite offering her the use of her spare room, her mother's visit is only going to be a day trip. So she's not going to be the doting grandmother, then... The photos which follow show what she's missing at the moment.