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Today: the wiggles.
Tomorrow: Russian Circles, instrumental post-metal melodic noise trio.
Sadly I could only take my daughter to one.
We’re going to have a picnic on the bed, she says, so she puts Tigger in the stroller and gives me Piglet and a small rabbit toy. We stop off at the “shop” (food cupboard) for “lunch” (five individual bags of uncooked oatmeal, one for each of us).
On the bed, we sit in a circle, eating our oatmeal, then she says we need to go under the bedsheet. This is a game she plays with Mummy where the two of them hide, whispering ‘shh’ loudly until I come and look for them, loudly asking myself where Audrey and Mummy are, before they suddenly pull the sheets away to reveal themselves with a big “Here we are!”.
I pull the cover over our heads, holding it up so some light can get in. She looks around us, Me, her, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and says “oooOOOooh, it’s like the tunnel!”
I’m wondering what she means, and she points up. Look Daddy, a ray! He’s smiling! She points off to the side. Ooh, a shark! She points in the other direction. Look, a moray eel!
We are in the tunnel of the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium, where she visited several weeks ago. Here, sitting in the darkness under the bed sheet, she is reliving her favourite part of the trip. I almost see the wavy light reflecting on the sheet above me as she describes what swims beyond the glass.
She points at Yellow Tang. Over there, a Kikakapu. And look! A humuhumunukunukuapua’a! The rays swim above, the sharks to the side and now the moray eel is hiding “in his house”.
We stay under the covers for what feels like a long time, especially in the afternoon heat. She shuffles down the bed and puts her hand on a starfish, like in the touch tank in the aquarium. She asks me to touch the sea cucumber again, because she was too scared in Maui. Then Tigger and Piglet have to touch them too. We see the hammerhead shark tank, the turtle pool and the coral, all under the sheet of Mummy and Daddy’s bed.
Then we get out, put Tigger back in the stroller, and go and tell Mummy about our adventure.
HA HA HA YOU DONE A POO