It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Quintesssential Childhood Moment

It was Jazz who thought of this. A small stick, a long stretch of metal fencing. Ping-ping-ping-ping-ping-ping-TINNNNGGGG! (The large support uprights make a different, more resonant sound.)

That’s Poppy ahead, in the hat, Jazz second. All the children but NBG were doing this, but as soon as they saw the camera, they would not stop looking at it! Big cheesy — and identifying — grins all round. Little hams.

As I watched them trundle along the ping-ping-ping-ping fence, I realized I was watching an absolutely quintessential kid thing. What child has not done this when presented with a fence? A metal fence gives you a lovely ping-TING!, but a wooden slatted fence produces a nice clickety-click percussive effect, too. (Mary is very auditory. She notices this stuff.)

Little kids, short sticks, a long fence to make music. Some days my job provides me with little moments of absolute contentment. This was one. THIS is exactly what should be happening. Right here, right now. I hope your day, today, gives you one moment like this. When you see it, pause, and savour. You might even take a picture!


September 27, 2012 - Posted by | Jazz, outings, Poppy | ,


  1. I had a similar moment with my kids running around the back yard with their towels as capes. Love it!

    Comment by Meesha | September 28, 2012 | Reply

  2. And this is what those kids do when they grow up:

    Comment by Matt C | September 28, 2012 | Reply

  3. Any child who does not have access to sticks (and dirt) is horribly deprived, in my opinion.

    Comment by rosie_kate | September 28, 2012 | Reply

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