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My madder life according to a fifteen-year-old

My friends the Midges have five boys, all of whom I have known since they were born. Here is the eldest’s take on my being here in Madagascar.

Andy's LogAndy’s log – Day 1 Uncle Rob has arrived from South Africa with a mountain of luggage but nothing for us. He looks older than I remember him. What did Canada do to him?

Andy’s log – Day 4 Uncle Rob is living on the couch. Ever since the rains began and his roof started leaking, he’s been there. Not sure what to do about it. On another note, all gluten-free products have vanished from the fridge. Curious.

Andy’s log – Day 5 I have realised that Uncle Rob missed his true calling. He may have felt called to travel, photography and church-work, but it is now obvious what he should have become: an opera singer. From time to time, he feels the urge to burst forth in song, accompanied always by 18-month-old Joëlle. Reactions from the rest of the family vary.

Andy’s log – Day 6 Uncle Rob has finally got off the couch and gone home. As the sound of his scooter fades, thunder rolls out of the clouds. Nature must have something against people on scooters.

Andy’s log – Day 7 Uncle Rob left his laptop at our house yesterday. I guess it’s mine now – they say possession is nine-tenths of the law. Perhaps he thought the password would keep me out?

Andy on his adopted laptop. His little sister giving input about what to write about uncle Mob

Andy on his adopted laptop. His little sister giving input about what to write about uncle Mob

Andy’s log – Day 9 Uncle Rob has come over. Cue the Bananagrams. It’s a heated tournament, as usual. But no one can deny Mommy her victory. In a moment of déjà vu, the game comes to an extremely close finish, with Mommy just one letter ahead of the rest.

Andy’s log – Day 10 The gluten mystery has been solved: Uncle Rob is intolerant to anything containing it, meaning he gets to watch as we enjoy delicious homemade bread for lunch. Afterwards, he eats a rice cake. Yum.

Andy’s log – Day 11 Sunday, time for church. We pick Uncle Rob up on the side of the road half way there and take him the rest of the way. When we arrive, he proceeds to turn things upside down by rearranging the mix of the sound desk. When the worship finishes, he takes out his phone and starts editing a bizarre photograph of somebody’s baby.

Strange baby edit

Andy’s log – Day 14 Uncle Rob is settling into life in Tana, sort of. What with scooter break-downs, Bananagrams tournaments and incessant rain, life is never completely settled.


5 comments on “My madder life according to a fifteen-year-old

  1. Tina Simpson
    March 4, 2015

    Day 5, 7, and 11 made me laugh the most 🙂

  2. There_Lot
    March 4, 2015

    I think the laptop was left on purpose… an excuse to go back:-). Love the expression on Joëlle’s face. Enjoy!

  3. Loulou
    March 5, 2015

    Oh wow this is funny….love those Midgley boys….and stingy Uncle Rob, nothing for them….how sad!!!!!

  4. Sarah Anderson
    March 5, 2015

    Love it!

  5. derekmidgley
    March 15, 2015

    Zis is an abzoloot classic! Day 6 lol!

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