Sunday, October 5, 2008

school holidays soundtrack

Our school holidays are about to finish here in Melbourne. We've had a great time, with outings to the Show and the park, visits to Grandma's and friends' houses, and lots of days playing at home.

Here's the soundtrack that greets me when I come in the door after my morning walk. You'll have to imagine all these sounds laid over each other concurrently. I think the Beetles called it the "wall of noise". If it's classical music you're into, think of it as counterpoint.

Elizabeth (9) and Ben (8) are playing Pokemon, and pretending to fight each other, laughing loudly:
Lizzy (shouting) - Metranome!
Ben (shouting) - Razer Punch!
Lizzy - Drowsy ... Drowsy ... Drowsy ...
Ben - Lavatar! Lavatar! Lavatar!
Lizzy - It didn't hurt, Ben. I use Screech Attack!
Ben - Poke Ball! Rolling Kick!
Lizzy - Slam Attack!
Ben - Body Slam! ... etc.

Thomas (5) is singing at the top of his voice:
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall / Humpty Dumpty had a great fall / All the king's horses and all the king's men / Couldn't put Humpty together again.

Andrew (1) is singing a completely unrelated tune, while banging 2 cymbals together:
Da, da-da-da, da, da, da-da-da

And on that note, I leave you to return to the last days of our holidays (the kids go back to school on Tuesday). Imagine us in the noise, chaos, and mess, and you will know that we are (mostly) happy.

original picture of the Royal Melbourne Show is from September's calendar image by Elizabeth; she used oil pastels and watercolour

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