Spending time around the family is having many effects on me. Largely it is making me desperate to get home, back to Paris.
It's also making me realise how much I'm missing - the niece and nephew growing up is pretty sad to be missing; my mother's behaviour I'm less keen to see regularly.
So, I'm playing with my niece - aged 4 and three weeks - and she declares that she needs a diaper for her dolly (the imaginatively named 'baby boy'). Grandma is called out of the kitchen where my brother was 'advising' her on various decisions that he feels she is unable to make for herself.
"Grandma, can I have a nappy for baby boy?" says Niece.
"Er, er, I'm not sure Grandma has got any at the moment sweetheart" said Grandma, with a look on her face that said 'once again they're all going to think I'm crazy'.
"I know where they are" said Niece. "I'll go get them". And off she runs, faster than Grandma can stop her.
Two minutes later and Niece re-appears in the living room with a packet of Grandma's panty liners in her hand.
"Here they are, Grandma".
I honestly thought my brother was going to choke - he's never been one for ladies 'events'.
So it seems that my Mother has been giving her Grand-daughter panty liners to use as diapers for her dolls. And it seems it's been going on for a while. Closer inspection revealed many of the dolls that Niece keeps at Gran's house to be thus 'padded out'.
Now, I'm trying to be enlightened about this, but the sight of my 4 year-old Niece taking the backing tape off of a sanitary device and wrapping the towel, wings and all, around baby boy's plastic arse was a little weird, to say the least.
Will someone please just get me out of here.