Keeping up with twins

Jaś and Maja are now three. They speed along on their bikes in the park, well beyond my capacity to keep up; they offer advice and instructions – “Take off your shoes!” “You have to get big shoes that sparkle. My shoes little shoes”: they have reasons for everything: they say “Why?” with an ocker drawl and “No!”frequently and with absolute precision. If J speaks Polish to them they don’t get it, not because his Polish is incomprehensible, but because they know dziadek speaks English.

On Monday morning we walk through the park to accompany them to preschool and establish our credentials for the afternoon pick-up. There are routines we need to learn: plastic covers for our shoes if we go beyond the entrance hall; pigeonholes for hat, gloves and scarf, and shoes; hooks for jackets; shelf for bike helmets. They put on their preschool slippers and we walk upstairs to be introduced. In the afternoon, we press a button and say their names and they are brought down to us. We dress them again for the outdoors, and then sign them out noting the time.

Liberated from indoors they tear off into the fading light on their bikes, stopping occasionally for a munch on a kanapka. By the time they get home it is dark and light snow is falling.

But the day is by no means over. While R prepares dinner, the rest of us go to the very small shop across the road where the twins insist on a kamikaze trolley each, blocking aisles and generally making things difficult for the dour evening shoppers. I fade before they do and retreat though light snow to the apartment. J writes “M & J” on the snowy windscreen of a car as we wave to them standing at their living room window.

Life in Warsaw begins.


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A retired Australian who spends a lot of time in Warsaw, and blogs as a way of life.
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18 Responses to Keeping up with twins

  1. restlessjo says:

    That’s an ADORABLE shot! 🙂 🙂 Light snow? Oh- shock! Horror! 🙂 But you’ll love it, as I love the notion of the kamikaze trolleys and dour shoppers, and J writing on the car windscreen. 🙂
    Goodness- it’s a rigmarole with schools these days, isn’t it? We used to just get shoved in the playground, if we were lucky. A ‘not so healthy’ sign of the times. Hope you’re feeling much healthier now.


  2. desleyjane says:

    How lovely! Plastic covers on your shoes? Wow! You sound like you’ve settled in already 😊


  3. Heyjude says:

    Plastic covers over your shoes sounds a bit drastic. As Jo says, what a rigmarole! It does sound as though they are going to wear you out Meg, in the nicest of ways. Oh, yes, the age of the constant ‘Why?’ and you have it in stereo 😀
    Stay warm…


    • Plastic covers seemed sensible to me – my shoes were quite muddy, and it was easier than taking them off. Pre-school still has communist era remnants according to my daughter, but it’s cheap and convenient, and the kidlets move through the door and forget all about doting grandparents.


      • Heyjude says:

        I suppose here we usually just drop them off at the door so no muddy shoes entering. Good to know they enjoy their time there. Three year olds are so active and soak in everything.


  4. pommepal says:

    Oh my that photo just speaks realms, your love of your adorable twinlets, the stark outline of the trees with new spring growth just emerging and more time you have for “playing” with the computer… I agree with the others, security has changed the freedom we had with our kids and their routines. I’m really enjoying reading about your every day life over there, I can feel the briskness in the air.


    • I did have fun with the photo – it matched my tagline nicely and the colours worked together. On the subject of preschool, I haven’t had much experience: didn’t go to one myself and only did correspondence preschool with my youngest. More recently, I volunteered at the Aboriginal pre-school at Wallaga Lake, which was pretty relaxed. However, I suspect security might be tightish everywhere now, given custody issues and such. I do know that preschool here is a lot cheaper than in Australia. My daughter says it’s a hangover from communist days – more glory to them?!?!!!


  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    A very cute and clever photo Meg. What a palaver with plastic shoe covers! I hope it does prevent germs spreading, but it seems a bit over the top to me, kids have to build up some immunity don’t they? Happy Sunday!


    • But mud, Gilly, mud!!! It seems to be a custom, at least to remove shoes – the twinlets are adamant that we do so before we leave the hallway to go into their apartment. Not an English custom?

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      • Lucid Gypsy says:

        😀 definitely for mud it’s the plastic covering that amused me, easier and more environmentally friendly to pop shoes off – but then the feet would be carrying goodness knows what! I sometimes think the fear of spreading bugs is worse than the bugs themselves, the western world has gone crazy with the need to anti-bac everything 🤗


        • You’re environmentally right: I did half attempt to pocket my first ones for re-use. But I’m so busy learning the ropes here, my good at-home recycling habits have taken a bit of a back seat.


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