I've been staying with my cousins in Melbourne for the past couple of weeks, and seriously, their kids are funny!
Me: Your other Aunties are coming to visit you tomorrow.
Bob the builder: Are they your sisters?
Bob the builder: So do you know them?
Me: ... yes ...
There was this gem the other day when I was playing hairdresser:
G-Girl: What's taking so lo-ooong?
Me: Sorry honey, I'm a bit slow. I guess I'm not as good at doing your hair as Mummy is.
G-Girl: Yeah, Mummy's way better.
G-Girl: We built a Kids Club! Wanna see?
Me: I'd love to! But you have to make me a Visitor's Badge so I can get in.
Me: Because I'm not a kid!
G-Girl: No, silly, I meant it's a Kids and Adult Ladies Club.
Me: Oh I see. So that means all the kids and adult ladies can go in.
Me: So the only person who can't go in ... is Daddy.
G-Girl: ... Yep!
(The following day, she made him a special access card.)
Here in The Menagerie, life is carefree and easygoing. There's nothing quite like vaulting over plastic hammers and Lego pieces on the way to the toilet, or constantly losing UNO games, or pretending to be the Hulk and chasing the twins when they don't go to bed on time. Also, Mr Incredible keeps getting crazy frog stuck in my head.
It's not only that they cheer me up with their wonderfully good looks, and their adorable plush toy voices, and the beautiful way everything about them is so tiny and squishy. They are genuinely positive and happy children. In fact, their entire family is. Their influence is therapeutic and velly healing. Outside it might be more chaotic, with the thundering of small feet down the hallways and raucous laughter echoing around the house, but inside, it's blessedly calmer and more peaceful. Lately I've been less worried in general, and more engaged in the present - and that's always a good thing.
|Picking fat olives from the trees in the backyard.|
|Poking around in La La Falls near Warburton after a lovely walk through the rainforest.|
|13 year old Beno took this photo of a mushroom growing out of a log. Quite a talent!|