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June 14, 2004

Vortices Through Time

On Friday, under the advice of super piano teacher Seb, we moved our 4-and-a-half-month-old daughter into her own room.

His take was that there's a huge gap in perception between the age she is now, and six months - when we'd planned to move her. If we move her now, it's just a thing that has changed, like most things change. In a month and a half, however, she'll know she's moved *away from us*.

That evening, after she'd gone to bed, I was sitting on the loo, looking across the landing at the door to her new bedroom, and realised that we'd taken the first step to giving her her own identity. She has territory in the house. Suddenly, a huge great swathe of time seemed to flash by and I felt this strange vision of the sixteen-year-old version of her, still coming out of that door, still being in our house, being an ever-bigger and realer part of our lives - through the living of her very own and particular life.

I must remember to shut the toilet door properly in future.

Posted by Tom Dolan at June 14, 2004 12:06 AM

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You must remember to shut the toilet door properly in future.

If your children get used to seeing you on the loo, you'll never be able to use it again as a haven of peace and tranquility.

Believe me.

Posted by: Stu at June 14, 2004 01:06 PM

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