Yesterday was the day that pudding re-connected with his brother since moving in with us, and boy was it an emotional one.
We started the day well, Darran’s mum and dad surprised him on Friday so it was a late one Friday night for Darran (3 am)! we all got up, had breakfast and Bampa read about 100000000 books to pudding.
we had arranged to meet b (I’ll refer to Puddings brother as b) and his grandparents at a large woodlands park about 30 minutes from us. the weather looked shit, big dark clouds. all of a sudden thunder!!! great, where the hell do we go now.
searching like mad for somewhere else we could go that was near-by so the boys could play together. thankfully, I found an indoor soft play area which looked okay (well, that’s what I thought)
we arranged to meet at 10 am and we were already running late! chucked pudding in the car and off we go.
for some reason, I had this feeling that the place we were meeting b and the GPs weren’t going to look like what was online but I kept quiet. following the satnav I see the checkered flag coming up! okay, let’s see what this is going to look like I said to myself.
as we drive down the road I see the sign. we then drove passed and it was closed. it was more than closed, it was derelict. wtf!!!
the first time the two boys are seeing each other in 6 months, the first time Darran and I are meeting b I’ve sent them to some closed down, derelict shithole!
I call the granddad and apologised. luckily, he was absolutely fine. he then said we should just go to the woodlands park and if it rains then so be it – great!
as we’re driving to the place I ask Darran whether pudding has his coat? no! the fucking coat is on the dining table! does he have his hearing aids? no! they are on the fucking coffee table! fucking marvellous!!!
we’re currently on our way to spend a couple of hours outside in this shitty weather and he doesn’t have a coat or his hearing aids!
darran then calls his mum to ask whether they can drop them off to which they replied yes!
as we pull into the car park we see granddad who is just about to call me. we park a bit away so that we can sort pudding out. making sure he’s looking his best lol
darran gets out the car and greets the gp and introduces himself to b. meanwhile, I’m getting pudding out the car.
i put him on the floor and guide him to where the 3 of them were standing. as soon as pudding saw them he stopped. then smiled and hugged his brother – all this happening while me and darran are trying so hard not to blubber like a couple of old gay boys finally meeting ariana grande!
this is everything we wanted for this meeting.
knowing their backgrounds and them not seeing each other for 6 months, we weren’t sure how pudding would react. he reacted in the most wonderful way!
we hung around the entrance until bampa and yaiyai came with the coat and hearing aids.
we spent the next few hours working around the woods, looking for the Gruffalo characters and letting the two boys re-connect.
we also got the chance to get more information about pudding’s past from the gp. getting to know b was great too.