Circumspection

Kinsley on the other hand, approaches live with much more thought and imagination. Many of her conversations begin with phrases like: “it seems to me…”.

As one uncle puts it, she’s the Dreamy One. Another phrases it “so many phobias, so little time”.

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She preferred to stay closer to the ground on this particular evening, and pretended that she was eating “out”. We were cued into this game when Kinsley told Dan that she “had ordered already”, and was now “waiting”.

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On the few occasions when she chose to slide, she was very careful to hold on to each bar in the railing on her way up the “stairs”.

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Once she had reached the top, she thought carefully about her descent.

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And often had to be coaxed down.

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Once we left the park to walk home, she wanted to sit and “soak up the sun” in a safe place – “are there no ticks here, Papa?”

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Sophie, who had no patience for this, decided to get on with things.

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