This is Matthew, my youngest brother. He came down to Devon to stay the weekend with us and was just what this family needed to lift our spirits.
He spent time with us all and brought smiles back to our faces. In fact I laughed so much that I woke on Saturday with a migraine. Oh dear. I had bought a Trigger Happy TV DVD afew weeks ago, saving it for when Matthew could watch it with me. We share the same sense of humour and we laughed so much that we only managed to watch half of it, this being our current favourite starting at 4mins 14 secs (the horse drawn tour of Bruge, which we kept rewinding) closely followed by Stupid & Son Removals where the lady nearly trips over her dog. Poor dog. I must have a cruel streak somewhere because I love this sort of humour, particularly when Dom Jolly pretends to be a foreign tourist and speaks nonsense to poor unsuspecting pensioners!
The children get fed up because I keep rewinding to watch them again and again, my sides aching. It also has me giggling to myself when I'm trying to go to sleep and the house is quiet so I bury my face into my candy striped pillow, my shoulders shaking! I'm a great practical joker, or I try to be - prank phone calls (not cruel ones I assure you) used to be my specialty but I can't do that now because of my tendency to giggle and spoil it all. I've played some fantastic pranks in my time. Evacuating my parents dinner party with a megaphone and a threat of a gas leak ranks as my #1..
Oh, it's good to laugh, isn't it? That,'I can't breathe' laugh where it hurts and causes you to wake the next morning with an aching head; and no, it wasn't too much wine, my drink of choice is Coke (and I'm naughty because it's not diet! And it should be!) Ooh, I'm such a rebel..
But I digress - sweet Matthew and I did a spot of singing as we did the dishes. Matthew loves Coldplay too (remember this experience?) but he indulged me and agreed to sing the echo part of Wondrous Stories by Yes. I have recently downloaded the lyrics and have asked various family members if they would have a sing-along with me. Would they? "No way, are you crazy?" was their reply. Not even our resident singer would oblige. But Matthew did; and in the end I could hardly sing for giggling. Er, must do something about that pesky giggle as it keeps getting in the way..
Incidentally, incase you're wondering, we are facing our fridge because the ipod dock is on top. We don't usually stand and sing to our kitchen appliances!
Yes, it was good to have him to ourselves for a short while, he even took the children out to McDonald's for breakfast (what are crazy, bachelor uncles for) and we didn't see them again until late afternoon! Goodness knows what went on..
..but I think, with somethings, it's best left unsaid...