Sunday, 31 January 2010

TREFUSIS MINOR IS VERY EXTREMELY RIGHT-ON

This afternoon, in an entirely unprovoked fit of idle violence, The Tiniest Trefusis took one of my chunky perspex cuffs and chucked it straight at Trefusis Minor's head. It caught him hard on the corner of his eye - unlike Trefusis Minor, the Tiniest Trefusis has quite a true aim - with an audible crack. Tears, shrieking, howls, wails ensued - you know the drill.

Anyway, since we have a firm 'No Fighting, No Biting' policy here at Trefusis Towers, Tiniest Trefusis went straight to the naughty step to consider her position, which I'm sorry to report was typically unrepentant.

After taking a couple of minutes to recover from the shock of a thwack on the head from a flying bangle, Trefusis Minor went to visit her on the naughty step. He crouched down to her level and took hold of her hands in his, saying, in his best lentil-botherer voice, 'I'm just trying to understand why you felt you needed to hurt me'.

He did his best to make eye-contact, fixing her with a look of one who is more sinned against than sinning, but the Tiniest Trefusis was having none of it, 'Go 'WAY,' she shouted, and turned her head to the wall.

'But why did you do it,' persisted TM. 'Were you trying to get some attention?'

The Tiniest Trefusis mulishly refused to be understood. Time-up on the time-out, she wriggled off the stair and sidled off, without either explanation or apology.

I'm quite interested in his response - his sister brains him, and rather than smack her back, he simply wants to get to grips with her motivation.

Trefusis Minor has always been a bit odd like that: He's not one for a textbook response to any given situation. I remember taking him to the Lyric Hammersmith to see some kind of children's theatre production consisting of a gigantic Calder-esque mobile from which various actors were suspended, calling 'Hang on' to each other at dramatic intervals. It was very striking, entirely narrative-free and popular with the entire audience of under-fives. All except Trefusis Minor who, whenever one of the actors appeared to be a little casual in the way they hung from the mobile, would leap to his feet, shouting 'Get down! It's too dangerous' at the stage, like some demented juvenile health and safety officer.

[Part two of 'On Beauty and Looking Younger' will be posted in the early part of next week]


19 comments:

msh group said...

thanks

Wildernesschic said...

That is just sweet and I think shows the difference between girls and boys .. x

Rose said...

he is so wise beyond his years

Miss Welcome said...

A tiny diversion from the tiniest trefusis (and Mr Minor), but I've been trying to figure out why the kid in the comic said, "I've made everyone happy".

Fine_Fine_Fine said...

A few months ago I crossed the road despite the red pedestrian light.

On the other side, a little boy admonished me for crossing before the light was green.

He was firm but fair. I had been naughty.

I might have met Trefusis Minor :)

Completely Alienne said...

That's quite sweet; he sounds a very unusual child! Mine would have been at it hammer and tongs - any excuse for a fight.

Make Do Style said...

Is he an Aquarius by any chance? One of mine is and often surprises me in a similar vein.

Margarita said...

This post made me laugh when I really needed a laugh. Hilarious little boy, isn't he?

Lewis William said...

I already thought he was brilliant, but this is on another level. I wish I were as cool a cat as the TM. xx

littlebrownbird said...

Fabulous post. Love Trefusis Minor's attitude to things.

Lovely.

LBB x

Helena Halme said...

I love the description of your son. We used to call our's 'The Insurance Actuary' as he used to take a long time to assess & give advice to his little sister on a swing or slide. At the age of seven he completely turned on a visit to Euro Disney. Scared the what's it off me.

Another great post.

Helena xx

The City Road said...

Crying with laughter - Trefusis Towers occupied by junior members of Théâtre de Complicité.

katyboo1 said...

Tiniest Trefusis must never be allowed to meet Tallulah. They may form a ninja squad of assassins and take over the world. And that would melt Trefusis Minor's head and that would be bad. Bless him.x

mothership said...

He sounds divine. And extremely responsible.
Make sure that you don't go down to the end of the town without consulting him.

Cassandra said...

Trefusis Minor is exceedingly good value, Mrs T.

Wilds of Dumfriesshire said...

Why is nobody sticking up for the heroine of the piece? I'm for obstinacy and unapologetic individualism - down with crowd-pleasing compliance and kow-towing. Tiniest Trefusis, there's (slightly less than) half a bottle of chardonnay with your name on it when you're ready.

awhirlinlondon said...

ADORED this post. Thank you!

shayma said...

he is just such a darling, Mrs T. x shayma

sanjeet said...

That is just sweet and I think shows the difference between girls and boys
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