During our recent stay in Gran Canaria, my son began his day with sausages, bacon, waffles, chocolate sauce and whipped cream (all on the same plate). This was followed by pastries, a churro doughnut, a croissant, more chocolate sauce and a little experimentation with the cereal dispensers. "We have to get our money's worth," he told me as he skipped off for thirds.
|People-watching by the pool|
The grown-ups were not much better. By the end of the week, I was longing for someone to take me in hand as I woofed down my cooked breakfast like a black Labrador about to lose his dinner. It was actually a relief when we returned home to an empty fridge, a few mouldy vegetables and a bottle of rancid milk.
With a good pair of sun-glasses, a hat and a carefully positioned sun-lounger, there are boundless opportunities for people-watching by the pool. Best of all, are the stories you intuitively pick up on, just from keeping your ears and eyes open.
Like the poor German grandparents looking after their bereaved grandchildren. The grandmother, in particular, was clearly grief-stricken, poor lady. Or so we believed, until the parents turned up a few days later in the pink of health and reluctantly resumed their childcare duties...
Or the three Russian sisters and the English husband. The wife, in a bikini and a fedora hat, proudly told the others, "Very good husband! A real man, you know!" as hubby (a little older in years) dragged over chairs and cushions for his nubile sisters-in-law.
"It'll take a few days for him to wind down," I told my parents as we watched my own husband throw himself into aqua-aerobics, followed by an archaeological walk up a nearby mountain and a session of outdoor Pilates.
|Waiting for Daddy to wind down...|
By day four, my husband was setting off on his third run up the mountain and rapidly running out of clean gym gear. "A real man, you know!" I muttered to anyone who might be listening.
On day six, he finally collapsed on his sun-lounger and said, "I'm shattered."
"That's alright, we're going home tomorrow," I said.