Thursday, 24 July 2008

“The Truth of the Lie” - Madeleine's daily routine (*)

From April 29, the second day of holidays, Madeleine and the twins followed a precise routine. In the morning, around nine o'clock, after breakfast, she is taken to the crèche in the building where the main reception is located. Amelie and Sean go to another crèche, for younger children, near the “Tapas” restaurant. Gerry and Kate spend the morning playing tennis of jogging in the beach.

Around 12h30, Gerry and Kate pick up the three kids, for lunch, and after, take them back to the crèche, where they stay, from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Sometimes, the children had diner with the nannies, near “Tapas”.

At night, another “relaxing ritual” starts, between 7:30 and 8:30 pm: after putting the kids in bed, Gerry and Kate take a bath and sit down, having a glass of New Zealand wine. Then, they go for the “Tapas”, leaving the children asleep in the apartment, to meet the friends. Diner starts around 8:30 pm and finishes around 11:00 pm.

On Tuesday, May 1, a small change in the routine: after lunch, around 1:30 pm, the McCann take their children to the beach, but weather changes and they only stay there for 20 minutes. Before going back to the crèche, it seems she had an ice-cream at a beach bar. At 3:30, nannies take all the children from both crèches to the beach, again, where they stay until 4:30 pm.

That night, on the “Tapas” reservations book, one of the employees reserved a table for the McCann and friends and wrote also a note, referring that some of those clients went out, a few times, during diner, to check on their kids that were left at the apartments.

That was the same night when Madeleine cried for one hour and 15 minutes, calling for his father. She only stopped when they came back from the restaurant.

Wednesday morning Madeleine asks her parents why didn't they came to help her, the night before, while she was crying. On that afternoon, Madeleine goes back to the beach, with the nannies, between 3:30 and 4:30. The night routine is unchanged.

Thursday, May 3, it's Gerry who takes Madeleine to the crèche, at 9:10 am. She goes again to the beach, between 10:30 and 11:00 am. At 12:45, it's Kate who goes to the crèche, to take Madeleine for lunch. She's back at 2:50 pm and it's also Kate who, after jogging in the beach, brings the three children back to the apartment, at 5:30 pm.

(*) Summary of pages 32 to 35