Tolerate Andis's rant, and you will see the songs Tony can now sing in this video.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Listening to a Radio Derb podcast -- don't ask me to cite the date, time, and verse -- John Derbyshire mentioned a Chuckie Cheese's restaurant being a bigger source of trouble for police than a local biker bar. I can now see why this would be so after having spent thirty minutes at a pay-as-you-go-playground in downtown Wuxi. Chuckie Cheese's is a restaurant that caters to toddlers like the playground I was at yesterday with Tony. I found that playground to have a menacing atmosphere yesterday because the children were often mean and rude to each other. I saw a boy take a toy from another boy. I saw a boy carjack Tony as he sat in a sit-in toy car. I saw a boy flip over the same small sit-in car when it had a little girl in it. Eventually, these incidents lead to conflicts among the parents.
Jenny told me of a girl slapping Tony for no particular reason. Tony, being a gentleman, I hope, did not respond in kind by hitting the little woman. But what really raised Jenny's ire was the fact that the girl's parent laughed at the incident. She swore at the woman and it escalated.
Kind as Wuxiren can be, they unfortunately have cruel, barbaric, and loutish manners.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
For a good stretch of time, about a week, Tony was a behaving like a good boy. But then Saturday night at the public square near our apartment, he had a flop on the ground tantrum. What happened was that another boy had a toy that Tony really liked. Tony hijacked the toy, played with it for a while, and then became very angry when he had to give it back. He flopped down on the public square surface banging his head. His mother and his father spanked and fought him.
It raised his father's ire when looking up from his struggles with Tony, he saw twenty or thirty Chinese staring at him -- Andis wanted to give them the mind-your-own-business bird. Thankfully, he fought the urge.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tony's father, on arriving home Friday Evening, was pleasantly surprised to see that Tony had gotten a tent to play in. Tony's mother said the tent had been a gift for making a large milk powder purchase.
You read will more and see more about Tony and this tent in future TKIC entries.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
July 23, 2010 sees Tony and his Canadian grandfather sharing a milestone. Tony is thirty five months old today. His grandfather celebrates his 78th birthday. Above, you can see Tony sitting in the drivers seat of his grandfather's van during the recent AKIC Canadian Odyssey.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
It is about one p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon -- Tony is at preschool. He is probably taking a nap with all the other children.
Tony has got his residence permit stuck in his passport now. Having gone to Canada, he now needs to have this. His residence permit is dated the same as his father's -- it mirrors it, as the expression goes.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Tony was taken to preschool after all.
It was his father who did the taking. Tony and his father went to preschool by public bus.
The bus was full but a young man yielded his seat to the father and son.
Tony was quiet on the bus, and had his head on his father's shoulders.
The preschool is on the seventh floor of a building in downtown Wuxi. As they waited in the elevator by the lobby. Some women fawned over Tony, saying he was so cute. His father understood them asking if he was taking him to class.
They were late when they arrived at the preschool, but Tony opened the classroom door and walked right in.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
In Wuxi, China, a Canadian expatriate took a bath with his 34 month old son. The son was able to lather his father's hair and body with soap. However, the son did not like it when he was lathered up by his expat father. The son then became very angry when his father then try to rinse the soap off.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Last night, when I arrived home from work (about 10 p.m.), Tony came to the door to greet me. He was bashful when I asked him to kiss me, but eventually he did, after which he retreated to the bedroom.
This morning, he was in bed when I asked him to say good bye before I went back to work, and he said "no!" and turned over away from me.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
- Tony, when sleeping, will sleep perpendicular from the way his parents sleep. Since he does this by the headboard, and has a habit of kicking, his parents can be very annoyed with him. However, attempts to get Tony to stop doing this have been unsuccessful, so his parents have adopted his habit -- now, the K family all sleep at an angle perpendicular from what is considered customary.
- The pre-school told Jenny to not have Tony come to school for a day because the virus he had, has been caught by other children. Now the thing is, Tony is well now and so is not contagious -- and he had stayed home till he got better. And once the virus has been caught, there is nothing that can be done about it -- you will have to suffer through it. This request, say Jenny, is extraordinary -- as far as she knows, no parent has ever requested another parent to keep their child away before. Viruses going through the school is nothing unusual. So, Jenny is not pleased; and Andis wonders if this is because Tony is a mixed-blood baby.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
- AKIC took a bath with TKIC Wednesday night. TKIC enjoyed pouring water on AKIC's head. However, when AKIC tried to do likewise to TKIC, TKIC protested something vehement.
- AKIC and TKIC ran with abandon around the apartment, which isn't an easy thing to do in an apartment that is 90 square meters. It was the perfect son and father activity -- both got exercise, TK was laughing, TK wasn't watching television, and TK tired himself so he went to Bed early and AK could read Dune and the The Violent Bear It Away in peace.
- AKIC was also reading Teach Yourself Latvian. AK figures that he since he is very good at Chinese, he might as well not be very good at Latvian also.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Tony's only symptom is a fever. He isn't vomiting. He doesn't have diarrhea. He is not as active as he usually is, but he isn't dying -- far from it.
Andis thinks Tony should rest and take it easy. He hates how Tony gets taken to hospital every time he has a little thing wrong with him.
Jenny begs to differ. She has called her mother to come to Wuxi, and she has taken Tony to the hospital.
End result? Tony gets put on the drip. He recovers, which Andis figures Tony will do anyway.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tony had to be pulled from preschool today. He has a fever of 39 degrees. Thankfully he is in good spirits. A little rest at home and I know he will be fine.
Meanwhile, it is farewell to Alan Sullivan, a.k.a. seablogger. My favorite blogger -- his blog was what every blog aspires to -- I was priveleged to have him make some comments on my blog. Now, he is in a better place.