Last week when I flew to Malmö I found a pirate-themed sticker book at the airport. Adrian loves it more than I had expected.

Sticker books did not exist when I was a kid. We barely had stickers in fact. We had water slide decals, though. I remember how careful you had to be to get them where you wanted them and how easily they tore.

So sticker books to me are kind of a lazy thing. Today’s children have it too easy, “when I was young we had to …” and so on.

But Adrian is taking this one very seriously. He is really set on getting the stickers positioned just so, so the pirate’s boots properly cover his feet and the hat sits just right. And it is trickier than I would have expected: the pirates have fancy coats with curved sleeves which take some work to get right.