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2004-10-17 - 10:28 a.m.

Report from Britain

B called yesterday about the new developments in British family-land. Her older boys have just spent their first week adjusting to a new (private) school. Apparently, after only one week the change is miraculous. The older boy, who was bored to distraction before, is so much happier now that he has homework and doesn't know all the answers. The middle child (the 5-year-old) is less enamored with the transition and wants to go back to his friends. It is heartbreaking to hear about his tears every morning. But this middle child could make conversation with a tree stump - I have no doubt that it is only a matter of time before he adjusts.

The funniest development is with the 2-year-old Rachel. B and G have decided to renovate the downstairs bathroom, and it has driven home the extreme importance of toilet issues for a two-year-old. The first trauma came when the construction workers removed the toilet. Rachel spent the day running to look at the empty space exclaiming, "Men took toilet away!!" and then, running up the stairs to the second floor just to make sure that the second toilet remains, “But this toilet still here!” In my brief conversation with her (how long *could* one really talk with a 2-year-old over the phone?), she moved right to the toilet-removal-incident. Equally comical was the trip to the furnishing store. Imagine if you will a recently potty-trained child confronted with 25 demo toilets, all open and waiting…. She was overwhelmed. Fortunately, B averted disaster by convincing her to play peek-a-boo in the shower stalls.

Another day in the life of B.

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