Tuesday, October 10, 2006
What is that boy up to now?
The shopping for Eid clothes is quickly coming to an end. (Thank God!) The clothes have been bought and now the only thing left is to buy shoes. Six pairs of shoes! Hopefully that will get done this afternoon.
I've been taking the kids out shopping one at a time. It's actually not been too bad. I can focus on what one kid wants at a time and we get to spend some 'quality' time with each other. Time to talk (or argue) about things.
The main problem I have had is what to do with Ibrahim while I'm out shopping. He's eight. He's hyperactive. He's a handful for anyone and while I'm away he's supposed to be looked after by his siblings. He needs constant supervision to keep him out of trouble. The kids are doing pretty good at watching him, but they don't always succeed at keeping him out of mischief.
So what has he been up to while I am busy shopping? One day we arrived home to find him stripped down and standing in the bucket that my sister-in-law uses to catch the condensation from her air conditioner. He was having a fantastic time, pouring the cool water over his head. I got him upstairs and gave him a bath only to have him outside again a few minutes later playing in the water again.
Lately Ibrahim seems to be having a fixation on water. He's been caught playing with the lighter a few times too, but I wasn't in the mood to take a picture of him then (too busy yelling and beating him). Another day when we arrived home we found him in the bathroom giving Jenna's doll a bath. He had used an entire bottle of shampoo to get the job done. A bottle that I had paid three and a half dinars for the day before!
The shampoo was finished, the only thing left to do was rinse off the doll and hang it up to dry. It looked kind of weird outside on the clothesline. Maybe I should have hung Ibrahim up there with it. . . sigh. . .