Local Heart, Global Soul

November 23, 2014

My Blog Gets Hijacked By The “Traffic Officer”…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This is my blog, but it sometimes gets commandeered  by members of my family. Actually if I am to be strictly accurate it gets commandeered by one specific member of my family: Little Mr.

At nine years of age he is not yet allowed a mobile telephone (He will have to wait, like his sister did, until he is thirteen and going to a high school that requires a long bus ride to get to) It’s the bus that was the leverage for the phone, in our house and not the age of the child,  and he is also expected to save for his own pocket camera if he wants one, like his sister was obliged to do, and did.

Unfortunately he is completely, utterly and totally besotted with Lego and I can only make him save by putting his money box into safe keeping i.e. parental care. (That parent being me).

We discuss purchases and savings goals and the principle that if you want to spend Euro 5,–  every few weeks on something small every time you go to the toy shop then you will never have enough cash built up to buy the boxes that cost Euro 30,–  (or 50,–  or Euro 100,–). Kiwi Daughter caught onto this concept at a far earlier age, with Little Mr, it’s a work in progress.

The camera is something he therefore wishes for but isn’t prepared to pay for himself, and he’s figured out that since he has a camera toting Mama in the front seat of the car on long car journeys, all he actually has to do is to give instructions , make   shout demands  requests, and the Mama in the front will oblige.He is a nine year old boy, one of our friends has a two year old son, in one respect they are completely identical: they adore anything with wheels. They are vehicle crazy, the two year old has a preference for trains, and the nine year old a preference for emergency service vehicles, but scratch beneath the surface and you will find that any vehicle with wheels will do, especially if it’s an unusual vehicle. Therefore any unusual vehicle sighting whilst travelling on motorways is accompanied by the frantic words “Look, Look, Look ! Mama, get a photo, get a photo, get a photo!!!!” said at breakneck speed and at full volume.

In the summer of 2013 we were travelling back from the channel tunnel in France to the Hague, The Netherlands. Little Mr would very much like you all to know about the less vehicles we encountered on the way home. The other “Little Mr” from the “Travelling Two” family, would very very much approve.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This load has extra impact protection, so it’s clearly the sort of stuff you’d want to keep your distance from…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

1 Comment »

  1. He’s got you well trained – his own personal photographer! 🙂

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — November 23, 2014 @ 9:15 am | Reply


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