Local Heart, Global Soul

November 30, 2013

Little Mr’s Subconscious Is No Optical Illusion…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Before we leave the Ibis Hotel in Charleville-Mézières France, I want to show you  some trickery in our room.

Our Singaporean friend “Velveteen” is travelling with us so we have adjoining rooms with a connecting door. Each of the room has a door… when both are open you can (naturally) , walk through the doorway. Logical, no? Well, sort of.

If you are on the window side of the connecting door then you are on the side of the actual doorway, so no problem there. However, if you exit the bathroom and are facing the reverse side of the connecting door, then a rather ill placed full length mirror on the wall leads you to believe that the connecting door is on the bathroom side of the door.

Velveteen played an optical illusion for the camera and took hold of the door in the same room that I am standing in… but as my photograph shows, the mirror on the wall makes it look like she’s greeting me from the room next door. The optical illusion is definitely deceptive as I tried more than once to enter the other room and only succeeded in walking into the mirror. I wasn’t the only one caught out, as mutterings and thuds attested.

Little Mr. was also having rather a bad day yesterday when we arrived and while the rest of us enjoyed our picnic dinner in the room. We hadn’t found a playground or any activity that he really liked that day,  he was in  a hard to please mood, and a pick-a-fight-with-my-sister frame of mind.

He sat sulking in the other room after abandoning dinner and didn’t appreciate Kiwi Daughter’s fit of giggles when she discovered what he had been drawing whilst he fumed.  His verdict on the day was abundantly clear “I hate everything, yes I do, everything!” On the reverse side of the paper was a drawing of three people in their beds…  and it seemed to me he was overdue for his bed and a good night’s sleep wouldn’t go amiss. Maybe on an unconscious level he knew it too…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. Poor guy. Traveling is hard on kids.

    Comment by Brenda — November 30, 2013 @ 2:21 am | Reply

    • Brenda,
      He also had his nose out of joint because this hotel didn’t have a swimming pool (sigh, our kids are getting a bit spoilt and have too high expectations sometimes) and he didn’t like the idea that some days we do things that suit adults and not kids and he should learn to live with that and not complain.

      In life you don’t always get what you want every day and we want him to also learn to consider other people wishes. It didn’t kill him to live without kid stuff for a day, but he was very tired and wasn’t in a frame of mind to see anyone else’s point of view.

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 30, 2013 @ 8:30 am | Reply

      • Wow, does he normally get what he wants? Where can I sign up for that?!? LOL

        Comment by Brenda — November 30, 2013 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

        • LOL He doesn’t usually get what he wants, (“wishing” and “getting” being very different things!!!) If we travel we do try and incorporate kid friendly activities but it’s not always possible so they have to learn to accept that adults have activities they want to do too. Little Mr. was tired and less accepting on this day, but tough luck for him, it didn’t change anything.(We don’t reward tantrums in this family)

          Comment by kiwidutch — November 30, 2013 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

          • Yeah, we don’t either. Right now I’m trying to chivvy the kiddies out the door to walk in the woods, but it’s quite cold, and I’m experiencing resistance. It always helps to be in charge of doling out the treats. 🙂

            Comment by Brenda — November 30, 2013 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t understand the mirror part how does it work exactly

    Comment by Joseph Hoyne — November 30, 2013 @ 5:01 am | Reply

    • Joseph,
      The mirror on the the wall gives the illusion that the doorway gap in the wall is on the bathroom side of the door, but in reality it’s on the window side of the door. If you leave the bathroom and try and enter the other room though what you *think* is the doorway, you find yourself walking into the mirror by mistake.
      In the photo with Velveteen, she isn’t in the adjoining room, but the mirror makes it look like she is.

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 30, 2013 @ 8:19 am | Reply

      • thanks now i understand a bit better.

        Comment by Joseph Hoyne — November 30, 2013 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

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