Saturday, January 07, 2006

Alone in a Crowd

We hosted the annual Christmas gathering of Shelley's university housemates, and their romantic partners, today. For the city dwellers (London and Toronto), it was a quaint retreat to a rural wonderland. I suppose our lifestyle is quite different from the hustle and flow of urban living.

Given the influx of guests, Rei was reticent, preferring to play on her own in the kitchen, in the study or in the playroom, not wishing to engage the large group dynamic in the living room. She was happy to talk about her toys in one-on-one instances, but says as much herself that she is shy. She comes by it honestly, I'm the same way. I've only learned to play the part.

Kai, on the other hand, was content wherever he was and whomever he was with, for the most part. Just give him a thumb to suck or something to chew and he's happy.

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