Babysit! March 26, 2009
Ray is moving his company to a new place these past weeks. Alison (see her new mosaic making blog), my sweetest sis in law, a graphic designer turn full time mommy, has been an amazing force in designing the office layout and seeing all things through accordingly. Me, their happy do nothing house guest, volunteered to take the little Jess after school with me for a day since he is out of school at noon and everyone will be stuck at the office.
Jess brought home some Hello kitty crackers from school — they even hand out HK food in elementary school!
Made Jess some homemade Macaroni with Cheddar and Parmigiano Reggiano (and lots and lots of vege in it) for lunch, then we went on a road trip to Yamaha Artist Service Center where I practiced for 2.5 hours while he did his homework and performed some magic tricks to entertain the nice people working there.
Jess and I in the subway train
A different entrance of the Eslite Bookshop, love how this picture turns out
We walked to the nearby, now my fav place on earth, Eslite Bookshop, to get him piles of the Adventure with Ting Ting comic books as his 8 year birthday gifts (March 31st) and cookbook shop some more after. Then we continued walking to Taipei 101, had fun eating at a”sushi train” place at the food court in the basement, and grocery shop some more, then finally head home at 8 p.m. with lots of pastry and desert for Jess’ big brother Ryan — knowing he would be very unhappy about missing out all the action since he had full day of school
This is my very first time EVER spending time with a child alone. Even though I have the most patience when I teach children and consider myself quite a fabulous teacher to them, I know I have never been big on children. Last time I offended someone not saying his cat was soooooo adorable looking at the pictures, my defense was, “I am so sorry, Michael, I have never gaga-ed over any baby pictures, how would I gaga over kitty pictures?!” So this day was quite interesting to me that there were some moments I could really laugh at myself HARD :
When we were on our way to Yamaha, “respecting” Jess’ “individuality” and “independency,” I left him roam the street around me, but I kept asking him to walk in front of me so he doesn’t get out of sight. Quite worried again when we left Yamaha, I finally asked him if I could “crab on to his jacket” so I wouldn’t lose him in the crowd. Jess answered, “Why don’t we just hold hands?”
How could I never have thought of that, REALLY???!!!!! LOL
So I held hands with Jess the rest of the day — my very first time, and it felt kind of sweet
And later that night, I found myself apologizing to Jess for demanding him not to ask me any questions during our day trip — I couldn’t believe I asked him to do that as I asked my parents the same thing when I was staying with them before I moved to my brother’s… I just couldn’t get myself to answer questions or reporting my actions to anyone being SO on my own for sooooo many years… LOL, guess I have a lot of learn… fun day though
Found more Hello Kitty food at Jason’s Market Place… HK is EVERYWHERE