Saturday, May 31, 2014

Merry-go-round, not the sea and lecture.

1. It is a day of saying yes so we let Alec climb aboard the merry-go-round and he goes round in the top of 'Showboat' looking very serious and not at all merry.

2. It's Bettany's first time by the sea and when we get to the edge of the beach we try to draw her attention towards the great expanse of grey sea, rolling and sighing under the flat white sky. She is far more interested in the traffic chuntering along Hastings seafront.

2b. The cafe where we have lunch proudly announces that its sausages are Hoad's Korkers, my father's favourite. I tell my family that whenever splendid regional sausages are placed before Grandpa he solemnly pronounces them to be "Not as good as Hoad's Korkers."
When Alec offers me a piece of his I take it gladly -- to me it is the taste of Saturdays.

3. While Alec and I are inspecting a hard-to-date stone anchor at the Shipwreck Museum a little girl comes into the room. She is wearing a grey jumper with a sequinned collar that lights up her face. Alec starts to lecture her: "It's a stone anchor and they threw it overboard to stop the boat but one day they forgot to tie the rope on and it fell in the water and got lost and they found it again when my mummy was six."
She looks at him seriously and says "When my daddy was a little boy he fell out of a boat and died and they took him to hospital and cut his arms off."

3b. Among the artefacts brought up by divers from a 16th century wreck is a leather hat that looks rather like Indy's iconic fedora.

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  1. When I was very small I used to think that a broken arm/leg meant that it was detached from the body. I'd love to know the real story of the little girl's daddy and see how it compares to her understanding

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    1. I did ask her granny, who looked blankly at me.

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  2. I love their storytelling! . . . and am now hungry for sausages ;-)

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    1. I loved the competitive aspect of it, and I could tell she was a 'little girl' as opposed to a 'big girl' because he could talk to her without going all shy.

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  3. Think perhaps Alec finally met his match there...

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    1. :-) I was thinking that she rather trumped his story, with one of her own making, not just a regurgitated parental lecture.

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  4. When one of Tom's grandsons about Alec's age was visiting, he homed in on one of our friends who is a well-known child magnet. I was sitting with his mum and she was eavesdropping, and she muttered 'Oh no, he's telling him that story...'

    The friend later related that Elliot had told him that he was born on a train on the way to Birmingham and when he was born he was a girl. It must be made clear there was no factual truth in any of these claims, though we resolve to remain supportive and open if the conviction that he was really born a girl persists into his adult life.

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