#8.1 After I celebrated (prematurely) about Didi not crying anymore when I drop him off at school, he started crying on some mornings again. It started when Meimei fell ill and couldn’t go to school with him one morning, and he cried so pitifully as he told me, “I want Meimei to go to school with me. I NEED Meimei.” His teachers report that he stops crying quite soon after I leave, so I guess it’s just a mild case of separation anxiety.
When he’s reunited with Meimei at home, he forgets how much he “needs” Meimei, and often fights with her over the smallest things. One day, after he accidentally kicked her in the head, he steadfastly ignored her loud wails, and refused to apologise. When Meimei saw that her tears had no effect on him, she muttered, “Later I stay at home then you CRY.”
I was so amused by what she said, as I didn’t realise that she knew how dependent he was on her!
#8.2 One evening, after yet another report of Didi crying in school at drop-off, my Mum asked Meimei, “Meimei, why didn’t you tell Didi not to cry in school?” Meimei sighed and said, “It’s not easy.”
HAHAHAHA. She really acts and talks like an adult sometimes!
#8.3 After Didi’s surgery, I kept him at home for slightly more than two weeks, so that he could rest at home. He claimed to miss school during that period, and told me frequently that he loved his teachers. When it was finally time for him to return to school, he cried buckets.
Me: Didi, I thought you loved your teachers? Didi: I love my teachers at the night-time only. In the morning-time, I love Mummy.
When we were in the car on the way to school, Didi started protesting again.
Didi: I don’t want to go to school! It’s not my turn to go to school! It’s Meimei’s turn!
I don’t know where he got this idea that they had to take turns to go to school, but good try, Didi, good try.
#8.4 The twins have been busy with pretend play recently, and I absolutely love it, because it means that they can entertain themselves. They like to pretend to be in a bus/car/boat, and Didi usually takes on the role of the driver, while Meimei is the passenger.
One day, I found Meimei seated quietly alone on their mattress, while Didi was still having his dinner outside. Puzzled, I asked her, “What are you doing here, Meimei?” She said, “I’m waiting for Didi to come and drive the car.” I laughed and suggested, “Why don’t you drive instead? Didi is still eating and won’t be able to join you so soon.” She looked at me like I was mad, and said condescendingly, “Because… I don’t know how to drive!”
I had no idea that imaginary driving can’t be done by anyone or everyone!
The designated driver and his many passengers
#8.5 Pretend play has led to all kinds of funny scenarios at home recently. One day, I walked out of the room to see Didi crawling the house on all fours, while Meimei walked ahead of him with an air of self-importance.
Meimei: Mummy look, Didi’s my puppy!
And to prove her point, she called, “Puppy! Come here, Puppy! Take photo!”
Meimei and her puppy