Alison H wrote:
It really annoys me when Cecil, who is clearly far too young to be there and whom we're told is upset because she's been made to go without her afternoon sleep, screams during the pantomime in Trials, kicks a tray and knocks hot coffee over some poor woman, and Joey acts as if it's hilarious.
Joey offloads the twins to Josette, then Cecil vanishes for half the pantomime. Joey then sends Mary Lou to fetch her and the kid wriggled and kicked out. Why JOEY could not have gone looking for her own daughter is beyond me.
And the coffee-bedewed woman says what we were all thinking:
“I’m most awfully sorry!” Mary-Lou gasped, bring her own handkerchief into play. “I didn’t know Cecil was going to kick like that, though. I do hope you aren’t scalded? Let me mop you up. I’ll run and fetch a cloth!”
The stranger glared at her. “Why couldn’t you stop her?” she snapped. “A big girl like you ought to be able to manage a baby like that, though what a child of that age is doing at a show like this is more than I can say!”
And kids do seem to run around screaming a lot these days even in supposedly quiet places like libraries. I hate it when they treat shopping centres and cafes like playgrounds and the parents do nothing to stop them.
The boys would have been wanting to stay with friends or have friends staying with them. Stephen especially strikes me as the type to have lots of friends.
But wouldn't their friend's parents have to be willing to pay transport etc for the friend to go to Switzerland? It was an overnight journey those days. And if the friend doesn't stay for the whole holiday, then Joey needs to arrange some kind of escort to take the kid back to England.