I was 18 months old this week. It’s hard to imagine that I was once the size of my kitten, Barnaby.
Hmm, I wonder if he will be my size in 18 months time – or will he always be little, like my little person?
It’s a big responsibility looking after a kitten. It’s also very tiring. I can’t remember the last time I had an uninterrupted nap. Although my kitten, Barnaby, likes to sleep he rarely sleeps at the same time I do so I have to stay awake and keep an eye on him. That is the most tiring part. He rarely stays still. He is always exploring and getting into trouble. So far he has fallen in the bath, got stuck up a tree, gone to sleep in the washing machine (it was off), caught bees and wasps and got himself shut in the refridgerator.
So when he is tired and curls up with me and goes to sleep I breathe a big sigh of relief!
It was raining this afternoon and then the sun came out so I suggested to Barnaby that we go to the toy room balcony and look for rainbows.
I used to spend a lot of time on the toy room balcony. It overlooks the street and also my neighborhood and has wonderful views of the city of Tbilisi. I liked to sit here with my friend Mr. ‘Crazy’ Parrot but since he died I haven’t felt like sitting here alone. Too many memories.
Anyway, I was really pleased that I invited Barnaby to the balcony. He really liked it and I liked his company. We didn’t see any rainbows but that didn’t matter. It was just nice being on my balcony with a friend.
Health warning (or should it be clarification?) – this post has nothing to do with vitamins or health supplements, though it is about bananas and they are supposed to be a healthy food.
One of the little person’s favorite TV shows is called Bananas in Pyjamas, an Australian children’s show that is syndicated in many different countries, and dubbed into other languages. In the United States, the “Pyjamas” in the title was modified to reflect the American spelling pajamas. The main characters are two humanoid bananas named B1 and B2.
The characters were inspired by a 1967 song written for children by British composer Carey Blyton (nephew of renowned children’s author Enid Blyton). The jaunty song describes (an unspecified number of) bananas in pyjamas chasing teddy bears.
Anyway, tall person also watches this show and has recently referred to Barnaby and me as B1 and B2. I assume that he means Bassa 1 and Barnaby 2 and not that we both resemble humanoid bananas who wear pajamas.
Hmm, I suppose there is a tenuous connection. Barnaby (B2) does has a little teddy bear that he chases.
A new series of Bananas in Pyjamas was premiered in Australia in 2011. It contains new songs, stories, and characters, including Bernard the wise old dog. I mentioned this to Barnaby and we both thought that Bassa the wise old dog would be a much better nickname than B1 but we could still refer to Barnaby as B2 because he still chases teddy bears.
Tall person agreed and said that I am a very wise dog.
Tall person suggested that we need to listen more so Barnaby and me sat on our veranda and listened.
A neighbor sweeping. A cock crowing. A dove flapping its wings. Little people playing in the street. A man’s deep voice. A yard gate banging shut. Birds chattering. Street dogs squabbling. A bus winding its way through out neighborhood. A dove cooing. A dog with a cough barking. Someone hammering. Neighbors chatting. A little person running fast. A fly buzzing. A neighbor scolding. Distant music.
Sometimes it’s good to just listen.