It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Stop! Listen! What’s that sound?

Emma and I are in the park. Emma has taken Nigel and Malli (the Big Kids) across to the Big Kid play structure while I remain with the littlies at the Baby Play Structure.

Rather than scream from one end of the park to the other, when it’s time to go I give Emma a call. From my cell phone to hers. (Spoiled and effete, I know, I know.) My cell phone has a dignified and retro old-black-dial-phone ring. Emma’s has some bizarre, frenetic and raucous – though catchy – modern noise music.

I wait for Emma to pick up. Suddenly, across the playground, Nigel starts to do the Whirling Dervish. Spinning round and round, swatting at his head, yelling. A bee? A piece of grit in his… ear? Except he’s not crying. From where I stand, it looks like he’s laughing.

Emma certainly is. She’s practically doubled over with it. She does manage to stagger over to Nigel, though, and … pulls her cell phone out from his hood. When you don’t have pockets, toddler hoods make great storage. Until they start to sing and dance…

April 23, 2007 - Posted by | Mischief, my kids, outings


  1. A bee? Grit in his ear? Hahahaha. Too cute. Great imagery.

    Comment by Sheri | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  2. Haha! K likes to play with my phone… but my music is so loud that I often make it vibrate when she holds it just in case it rings. Using her hat as a pocket? That would be fun!

    Comment by Angela | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  3. LOL!

    Once a friend put her page in the front pocket of her own bib overalls and forgot it was there. When it started buzzing later, she almost had a heart attack!

    Comment by Lady M | April 23, 2007 | Reply

  4. love it! made me laugh on this WET tuesday morning! we no longer have the sun…

    Comment by jenny uk | April 24, 2007 | Reply

  5. I use my daughters hood for a pocket ALL the time. It’s very convenient.

    Comment by ktjrdn | April 24, 2007 | Reply

  6. LOL!
    Dance now, Nigel! In the summer, you’ll have to play without music in your head, er, hood!

    Comment by LoryKC | April 24, 2007 | Reply

  7. Sheri: From my distance, I couldn’t figure out what the boy was doing!

    Angela: You could always just turn down the volume…

    LadyM: I had to turn the vibrate function off on mine: for some reason it was much more startling than the ring tone. Can’t imagine having it vibrate right over my heart. Ugh!

    JennyUK: It IS very convenient. I can’t remember a time I didn’t use them, once the kids got upright.

    LoryKC: (Are you going to have to change your name once you move??) You’re RIGHT! In the summer, I’ll be short FIVE POCKETS! I need a new storage strategy.

    Comment by MaryP | April 25, 2007 | Reply

  8. Excellent!!

    Comment by Redhead Mommy | April 25, 2007 | Reply

  9. Ha! Classic.

    Comment by Matthew | April 27, 2007 | Reply

  10. Wish I could’ve been there to see it all! I can just envision it all: the dance, the look on your face…classic!

    Comment by Mama's Moon | May 1, 2007 | Reply

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