Look, I know I've been crap on LJ lately and haven't done a Miles update for months, but I'm marking a special day: Miles started nursery school in Hua Hin today. (Okay, I've always preferred the US-adopted German 'kindergarten' which, whenever I think of it, always reminds me there's a Geoff Ryman novel I must get round to reading.)
Anyway, he had a great time, and here he is in one of his two most recently-acquired blue t-shirts, sporting the name of his school, the BECC
. His other new blue t-shirt mentions something or other about Internet Puppies
, which arrived too late to impress Christopher Priest at Eastercon.
Unfortunately, however, I had to fly back to England last night although I'll be back in Thailand in 48 hours, hopefully in time to pick him up from his third day at school. I hope it won't end up as being bloody typical that I'm not there on other big days, like his first day of Primary School a few years from now. And I also hope this doesn't end up be a recurrent family trait: my father was always abroad on business on my birthdays (something he's always felt bad about), and maybe if/when Miles has kids thirty years from now he'll be stuck in transit on a space station or off mining asteroids
on their big days, too.
So today of all days, I'm wondering how quickly he'll learn it sucks to be a working dad, sometimes.