Yesterday was Kobis’ Birthday. No that’s not quite true, his Birthday was actually on Monday the 19th, but he celebrated it yesterday because his Agenda was already full.
It was a special Birthday for him and we felt honoured to be invited. You see Kobi is our neighbour and he is now one year old.
Kobi isn’t his proper name of course,his name is Jakob, but somehow it doesn’t fit into these times and he now answers to Kobi for short, or Kobili, as the Swiss like to put li on the end of words to form the diminutive.
Other friends had been invited of his own age group,the youngest was six monthes old and twice as heavy.But it seemed Kobi preferred older friends who would pick his little toys up when he threw them down. He always rewarded them with a joyous squeak,and the smile of a heartbreaker in the making.
It took me back a good thirty years to when Kobis’ Mother and Uncle were sat on the floor at our house picking things up and eating some of our first one year olds’ Birthday Cake.
How time goes by, it seemed like yesterday.
What will the future hold for Kobi.?
Alas,regardless of their doom,
The little victims play!
No sense have they of ills to come,
No care beyond today.
Thomas Gray; 1716-71 -Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eaton College (1747)