Yesterday in the blazing sunshine, three generations of the Barnes family dashed around London Zoo to make sure we spent time watching the monkeys, the giraffes and the feeding of the penguins. But why were these our priorities?
Easy really. It was our Grandson Joseph's second birthday and those are his favourites.
Our son Stephen and our daughter-in-law Rebecca took turns to manoeuvre his push-chair and then lifted him up to see the animals. But he kept stopping them to check that his Grandparents and his Aunty Joanne hadn't got lost.
What Clever Timing
Joseph is our first grandchild. His birth came at an extra-ordinary time for my wife Ann and myself.
When I ceased to be an MP on 11 April 2005, Ann and I had no time to fret or celebrate. Only one thing mattered. At any time our Grandchild would be born. Somewhat overdue, he arrived four days later.
To us he will always show that family life is far more important than parliamentary posturings.
An Infant Prodigy Blogger?
This happens to be the 100th item posted on this blog. I am pleased that it fitted in with our Grandson's birthday celebrations.
My own reflections on being 100 not out will just have to wait until I post my next item.
At the rate Joseph is growing up, he will probably be starting up his own blog about 65 years earlier than I did.