It's been a long day and I don't have the head-space to write anything remotely coherent for "31 for 21". But I will tell you a funny little story which gives a bit of an insight into daily life with Thomas.
Our church meets in a leisure centre which has a swimming pool. I hasten to add that we do not meet in the swimming pool..., although it does get used for baptisms on a regular basis.
Now Tom has a habit of escaping on the quiet at the end of services, when everyone is busy drinking coffee and eating doughnuts, and I take my eyes off him for 1 minute to make eye contact with the person I'm talking to. As you would do in a normal conversation! He likes to go and explore the vast building which is full of nooks and crannies - and has a SWIMMING POOL...!!
This happened again today; I was talking to a friend, and possibly became a little too engrossed in the conversation. One minute, he was sat on a mat playing happily with something or other - and the next minute he was gone. The little monkey had done a runner. Again.
However this time, sending a search party for him came to nothing, and he was impossible to find. Usually my best bet is the ladies' toilets. But today, he was NOWHERE to be found...
Until Mark remembered about the swimming pool.
(You know what's coming, don't you?!)
He'd already done it once, a couple of months ago, and it'd had us in hysterics although we were somewhat shaken by it too. We had told him off, and hoped it was a one-off. But no, it wasn't - and for the second time, our Thomas was found butt-naked and sopping wet, happily sitting by the side of the pool, obviously about to jump in again, and totally oblivious to the rest of the world!
He had somehow sneaked into the changing rooms while no-one was watching, stripped off, and taken a little dip... All within the space of about 3 or 4 minutes!!
Can you imagine how hard it was to keep a straight face while we told him that was NAUGHTY, and that Mummy and Daddy were CROSS, and that Thomas must NOT go SWIMMING on his own AGAIN...???
My, that boy keeps us on our toes...