Local Heart, Global Soul

July 9, 2019

Parents Need A Sense of Humour…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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The caption on the information board of this piece in the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition, read “Thuisblijvers‘ (people who stay at home). This is a piece that I don’t quite get. The parents are clearly having words with their son. He appears to be ignoring or not hearing them because he is turned way from them, looking at his laptop, and with headphones on.

His hand in the bag of snacks suggests he’s been there a long time and so the parents are probably berating him for being lazy. The little sister seems to have crept into the room and is hiding at the end of the sofa so that she can eavesdrop on the drama that’s unfolding.

Then Himself helped me with the text because I got stuck on a few pertinent words and word order so I couldn’t get it to make sense, thus all became clear. The text translates as: “Teenage son staying at home. Children grow up and one day they will no longer go with you on holiday. To be on the safe side, let us explain the rules to him once again….

ooooh savage! (but true, I’m laughing in sympathy for the parents and the kid in turn). Kiwi Daughter is finishing up with High School, she thinks that the worst is behind her as far as study is concerned. She has nooo idea. The idea that other kids in the house want to be kept up to speed with ‘drama” “sort of” rings a bell too (wink wink, nod nod). The creators of these sculptures (a) definitely have/had teenage kids, and (b) have an excellent sense of humour, the later being sorely needed when raising children!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. What an interesting installation. From what are the figures constructed? On another subject, I can’t believe your daughter is finishing high school. Kids do have a way of growing up.

    Comment by lulu — July 9, 2019 @ 10:45 am | Reply

    • Lulu,
      the figures are constructed of river sand only that has been compacted, then carved by some amazingly skilled artists. Yes, Kiwi Daughter will be off to University in September (she has to pass one exam yet). I’m really proud of her!
      Yes time goes sooo quickly, I started blogging when she was eight years old! Wow, ten years ago! I swear I only bought her home from the hospital yesterday!

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 11, 2019 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

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