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Daddy, The Orator

The boys and I watched ‘Monsters vs Aliens‘. Now before you start, the younger boy, Aidan, loves his scary movies. 6yo Jai, not so much. Yet we watched it.

Tonight, about 15mins after bedtime, Jai yells out “This is why I shouldn’t watch scary movies – I am having a nightmare!” We discuss this for a while before he relents when I suggest I tell him a bed-time story.

“Wait, wait, Daddy! I want it be about Dragon Ball Z.” He managed to catch a few episodes a few days ago – and now he is addicted. I’d really like it not to be one of his regular viewings, but I fear we may be a tad too late. So I relent.

“Dude, name two main characters and tell me what they do…”
“Um… Gogan… and the bad guy?” [During writing of this I discover he means Gohan. But I cannot change]
“What do they do together?”
“They FIGHT!”
“O…k… I can do this. I got a story.” I am pretty good at this. Out of thin air…


One day Gogan and the bad guy met in a forest. Gogan stabbed his specter into the ground and cried “I LOVE COFFEE!”
The bad guy slammed his hand into his head and screamed “NO MORE COFFEE IN THESE STORIES!”
Gogan wasn’t going to let the bad guy change the writers decision on the direction of this story. “NO, I WANT MORE COFFEE!!!”
The bad guy sighed long and hard, staring deep into Gogan’s eyes. Gogan stared back, not sighing. The bad guy suddenly thrust forward with his fists and grabbed Gogan’s shirt… “OK. But where?”
Gogan smiled and grabbed the bad guy’s wrists, twisting them outward, bending back his wrists, forcing the bad guy to kneel before him… “WE GO TO CHOCOLART!”
“Where is this place you speak of?”
Gogan rolled his eyes. “You don’t know it? It’s where Daddy… I mean the Orator spends his days when not wor… worri…. wandering the dead lands seeking new menaces to fight and conquer!”
The bad guy was concerned now. “The Orater? Who is he?”
Gogan rolled his eyes. “Surely you know! See the boy lying on the bed? And sitting beside him… that is the Orator! He gives us life, he is the Emperor of these lands, he controls the very blood coursing thru our veins! The Orator’s words are what make us possible. Without him, we are mere memories in the boy’s mind!!”
“Oh my grunge, the Orator, the Orator, THE ORATOR!” The bad guy was kneeling with head on the ground and hands reaching forward.
Gogan considered raising his sword and cho… chopping dead weeds in the garden.
“Hey, I read that!” The bad guy also raised his sword to cho… choose which vegetables he would cut into finger food.
“Finger food? How old are you? Do you need to go wee-wee’s?”


 “Daddy, stop. You are funny. I can sleep now.”

Too bad. I was going places with that story. Maybe tomorrow night.

My handsome rolled over to the wall and fell asleep. Seriously, he actually did! No more nightmares. I wonder what he’ll dream of now…?

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Jumping for Joy

I stepped out onto deck at 7.30am to find this conversation in progress:

Both boys were standing on the wooden rail that ran around the rear deck. Jai stood very confidently, Aidan less so.

Jai: “Breathe out, breathe in…”

I wanted to reach out and grab Aidan, yet knew he was fairly safe. Aidan was twice his height off the ground, and it was nice soft grass below.

“… now jump!”

Jai did without hesitation.

Aidan clung to the rail a little longer – then leaped like a frog, landing successfully on all fours!

“Well done!” was immediately said by everyone else, loudest being Jai.

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Precious

We must have been talking about weddings:
Jai: “Daddy, Aidan and I are getting married!”
Me: “Oh? When?”
Stop right there: Jai is 5yo, Aidan is now 2.5yo, and they are very precocious brothers.
Jai: “Today!”
Me: “Do you have a ring? Do you have a celebrant?”
Jai: “Oh…”

Doctor Who Tardis Cotton Beach Bath Towel 70 x 140cm Conversation over. For a while.
A little while later we decided to take down and wash loungeroom curtains. (I feel certainly we are one of very few renters who wash curtains, clean windows and look after the gardens!)

First time, so we notice they hang on standard metal curtain rings. Jai sees one and his eyes light up.
LEGO Lord of the Rings
“May I have one?”
“Sure… why?”
“I need a precious ring!”

I smile and say…

“Will it be your precious?”
“Oh yes, it will be my precious!”

Not kidding, true story. Not exact sure why, but the wedding was cancelled.

Oh, precious was given back and has resumed life as a standard curtain ring.

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Toy Story IV

The Octonauts Explore The Great Big Ocean In the beginning Jai had a fascination for Octonauts. So we acquired every plastic figurine, ‘Gup‘, and related underwater construction.

Then he discovered Thomas the Tank Engine. For a while we had almost every available aluminium train in the series, most which magnetically connect end to end. That included a boat on a carriage and the fat-controller in his car, both non-magnetic!

A year ago Paw Patrol was spotted on ABC iView. Thanks to his grandmother every character is a stuffed toy in Jai’s bed AND she created a large Paw Patrol patterned pillow case. It is still his favourite and carries him off to dreams of firefighting dogs each night.

Dinosaur Bones ABC4Kids have a new show which has captured Jai’s vivid imagination.

Andy’s Historic Adventures.

It is fun to watch him make dinosaur bones out of duplo, a tall T-Rex with his teepee, and a Time Machine with a milk-crate and training-clock. I have also created Andy’s techno-tablet using plastic lid and stick-on velcro!

The only suffering we have to endure is involuntary coercion to be Museum staff!

To date there have been no AHA franchise toys and books added into toy collection. Whew.

I only hope our boys can part with all these toys when the the day comes. There’s only so much toys a house can hold and a parent can endure!

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Jai’s Time Travel Adventure 

Jai has a new favourite kids program:

Andy's Prehistoric Adventures: Complete Series 1 Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures.
Synopsis: Andy jumps into a grandfather clock back in time (get it!) to the dinosaur age, then brings back something for the museum he works within.

So tonight Jai asked for a ‘Time Machine‘. I smiled with glee, but his mother frowned.

Jai now has what I am calling ‘a TARDIS whose clocking device is stuck in cardboard box mode‘. Jai doesn’t yet understand the reference. Sarah is adamant he won’t know for a few years yet.

I can and will wait to make him a DrWho fanatic. Let’s hope the series is still going!

Epilogue:

Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Peter Capaldi’s recent departure as The Doctor cannot be in vain.

But I have a strong feeling the Christmas Special will reveal him waking up, yet then changing into his new incarnation.