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A Friendly Introduction

December 18, 2009

I seem to witter on about the Chipmunk and his friends quite a bit on here – so in the absence of a better idea for a post, I thought I would give you a quick introduction to them!


My beautiful baby boy.  A 6-year-old bundle of fun, insecurity and heart-meltingly cute character quirks, all tied up with a big ribbon of love.  He is sincere, unfailingly honest, always wanting to please others.  He is the cleverest kid I ever met, and the least selfish one, too.  Yes, he has his issues – the Asperger’s certainly makes for an interesting variation on a tantrum!  His mobility problems pretty much suck, too – but he gets on with things.  Sure, he gets frustrated – it never stops him trying.  he is serious, pensive, old before his time – but he has the dryest sense of humour I’ve ever come across in a child!  He doesn’t make friends easily, but those he does he will stick with forever.

Miss Fifi

Well, what can I say about the Chipmunks’ BFF?  She is one of those kids that makes you tired just by looking at her, let alone spending any time with her!  She comes to us every Tuesday after school and she and the Chipmunk are like an old married couple!  They bicker, they play, she carries him around the room…she brings out the child in him, and I love her for that alone.  She is fiercely loyal – he might annoy her sometimes, but woe betide anyone else who dares to say anything against him!  She is, quite simply, wonderful – the best friend he could have.


Tabitha, along with Miss Fifi, was one of the first friends the Chipmunk ever made at school.  She is a lovely, shy, sweet little girl who lived around the corner from us.  We used to take her into school when her parents couldn’t and she and the Chipmunk got on wonderfully well together.  Sadly (for us, not for her) she emigrated to Australia earlier this year.  Chipmunk and Miss Fifi were devastated – she has been gone for nearly nine months, and they still talk about her all the time.  Chipmunk sees pictures of her and her little sister on FaceBook sometimes, and I keep in touch with her mum, too.  If I thought she would have forgotten him in the excitement of her new life, I was wrong – yesterday a Christmas card arrived for the Chipmunk all the way from Australia – he knew instantly it was from Tabitha and it made his day!

Isabelle and Ramona – The Girlfriends

Yes, as well as his two closest friends, Chipmunk has two ‘girlfriends’!  The first, Isabelle, is a child who is selectively mute.  She does not speak to her teachers or most of her classmates.  Aside from her family, Chipmunk is one of only a handful of people she will have long conversations with.  I think maybe they were drawn together by their social difficulties, recognising a vulnerability in each other.  All I know is, she lights up whenever she sees him, and he does the same when she is around.  The biggest breakthrough with Isabelle came when she decided to accept an invitation to come and play after school – she came home with us, stayed for tea and played for about an hour – then decided she would like to come again, please!

Ramona could not be more different.  She is precocious, petulant, immature – you just know that when she gets to High School, she will be the girl with all the boys wrapped around her little finger!  Still, there is something about her that the Chipmunk is drawn to – he has been in love with her since Reception class!  And she, to her credit, has stuck around as his friend, too.  She gets extremely jealous when he sits with Miss Fifi on the coach for swimming – those two girls are a little wary of each other!

So that’s it,  a quick introduction to the life and friendships of the Chipmunk – I’m sure new characters will emerge in time.  I hope none are lost from his life, they all do him good in one way or another.  It is interesting, too, that he only forges friendships with girls – any boys he spends time with are met in the playground and tend to be at the top of the school, more on his intellectual level, I guess.  At least you’ll know who I’m talking about now, anyway!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. MysticFirefly permalink
    December 18, 2009 20:36

    Lovely post!! I do like Miss Fifi…just look at her face and you know exactly what you mean!! Adorable!!
    I have to say it again: I love your writing style!!

  2. mum permalink
    December 18, 2009 20:47

    Oh Han, you have captured them so well! lol Mum xx

  3. December 18, 2009 20:49

    Lovely! I especially like the color treatment!

  4. Keli permalink
    December 18, 2009 21:05

    Hannah, your post made me smile from the bottom of my insides :))
    My boy too had only female friends, even as a teenager his best friend is a girl. Though, he does choose male company for certain activities like computer games.

  5. tndaisy1960 permalink
    December 19, 2009 01:54

    Thank you for the glimpse into Chipmunk’s world! He’s very lucky to have found such marvelous friends, and they, him.

  6. December 19, 2009 10:50

    A great post Hannah, Thank you for the introduction. These kids have a better grasp on reality than many adults. The future still holds promise!

  7. bluefield permalink
    December 29, 2009 11:57

    Thank you for sharing.I’m looking forward to reading more…


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