Sofia is sitting on Shirley’s lap on the veranda outside. Luca is playing with some toys and Raphael is learning to write numbers, under Shirley’s guidance. Shirley is also talking to Sofia who does not respond. Dad arrives home with a loud entrance “Hello, my big boy” and he proceeds to give Luca a kiss. Raphael continues with his writing and Sofia watches the activities with little expression. “This is a very quiet reception” comments dad. Dad moves to Sofia who gives a small smile. She makes no eye contact. Dad repeats his comment about the subdued reception asking if the boys slept today. Raphael shows dad his number writing and dad responds enthusiastically.
Dad sits down with Sofia and bounces her on his knee while talking to Shirley. Sofia stares towards where Raphael is writing. When dad turns Sofia to face him, she twists away towards some leaves and reaches out to touch them. Dad engages with the boys about school and their activities, including Sofia into his conversation, and prevents Luca from cutting a piece of paper too close to “baba Fia’s” fingers.
Mom’s voice draws Luca and Sofia’s attention towards the kitchen, and she enters with loud noises to which Sofia responds, reaching her hands towards mom. Mom picks Sofia up and goes to sit on the couch. General conversation continues with dad, while the boys’ activities continue around them. Mom also cuddles and kisses Sofia who shows a neutral response. Mom holds Sofia with their faces close together. Although there is much noise and activity around them, they stay still and quiet in this “hold” for several moments while the cat also watches mom, mewing loudly.
People you will meet:
Luca Youngest Brother
Raphael Oldest Brother