The Wailing Wean
In contrast to The Tiny Terror , her cousin, The Wailing Wean, doesn't want anything to do with me, if she can do anything about it. She is 22 months old, so nearly two years of age, four months younger than The Tiny Terror. When she comes to our house, she spends much of her time clinging to her daddy and if I am near, she closes her eyes tightly as if "I can't see you so you are not there!"
She will come around a bit after maybe half an hour but the slightest wrong move and she is back clinging to daddy! I THINK a lot of this is learned behaviour because if I take her out for a walk, away from daddy, she stops wailing, though I cannot say she is happy. Hopefully she will improve as she gets older. The other day, out in the garden with the Tiny Terror, she sat on my knee to listen to a story, once daddy was obviously gone and not near to cling to. The Tiny Terror wanted up too, so they both got nursery rhymes sung to them - they are not old enough to complain about my singing voice.
For those not brought up in the Uk and specifically Northern Ireland, 'Wean' is Norn Iron for 'child'. The term is probably used in Scotland too. 'Norn Iron' is the local pronunciation for Northern Ireland.)
Once I had named "The Wailing Wean", I began to wonder whether the others should get nicknames too. I think the others should be "The Ballerina", this is the wailing wean's older sister, 5 years of age and graceful and athletic and the oldest has to be called "The Diva", she should go for drama lessons, she would ace it! That gives me 5 granddaughters in order of age, The Diva, The Ballerina, Golden Cuddles, the Tiny Terror and The Wailing Wean.
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