There was reasonable success at tidying G’s room, but I am wondering if a sticker chart system might be the answer. G seems to respond well to praise and if there was something like a chocolate bar awarded for sustained room tidiness then this could be the solution. Or possibly a flame thrower. G’s landlady may be more keen on one solution that the other though.
Yesterday we went to my parents’ house for dinner. My father was as odd as ever, but was trying to make conversation with G. My mum and I were sorting some stuff out and dad turned to G and said “So, I can’t remember if I have asked you this before, but are your parents still alive?”. I guess I should appreciate that he was trying to make an effort, but I am not really sure he had quite thought through the possible fallout if the answer had been “no”. I think perhaps he needs to work on his small talk a bit more.
Progress was also made on War and Peace and I have less than 200 pages to go, so I am expecting to have it finished before the end of the week. Hopefully.