One of the reasons for the longish silence I’ve been keeping is that Z’s dad joined us in Vietnam this last weekend.
The boy, it would be fair to say, is overjoyed. They’ve enjoyed quality time in arcades… pavement eateries… Hanoi’s really rather A-list waterpark… Vietnam’s first university, the Temple of Literature… And are currently chilling out on a very pretty beach on Cat Ba island, Halong Bay.
Z’s père arrived bearing gifts. A new backpack (a Deuter Fox 30, with all the functionality of an adult pack but tailored to his small frame).
Books and goodies from my parents and my auntie, including E. H. Gombrich’s A Little History of the World.
Z’s four best friends back in London teamed up to create a Zacpack, containing sweeties and a T-shirt with love from each of them. And, the crème de la crème of gifts from overseas, his dad brought over a selection of the Beano, sir’s weekly literature of choice.
I’ll be photographing him in the beautiful T-shirts the fantastic four created in suitable locations around the world. In the meantime, here’s a video of him opening his gifts: