Saturday, March 28, 2009

little ones go camping: off we go

Out the front of the house are lots of little backpacks all nestling together like penguins. Final preparations are being made. Wee Small is saying goodbye to a slug.

Off we go.

We wave goodbye to tummy mountain and wander off into the hills beyond. The Little Ones huff and puff. The Little Ones are not so sure about all this carrying business. Maybe they don't need all this stuff after all.

Wee Tiny has unpacked her bucket and spade.
The Little One doesn't need a big heavy stick now.
And Wee Small gets out Mr Giraffe and repacks it into my bag.

Off we go again.

The Little One asks if we are there yet.
Wee Tiny wants an apple.
Wee Small wants to go home.
Wee Tiny doesn't want an apple, what she meant was she wanted a peeled banana.
The Little One ask how much further.
Wee Small wants to go home.
Wee Tiny cries that she wanted to peel the banana herself.
The Smallest Of All has wandered off.
The Little One asks why we couldn't camp closer, like out the front of the house.
The Smallest Of All has wandered back.
Wee Tiny says she isn't hungry.
Wee Small wants to go home.
The Little One ask how much further.
I say it's just around the corner.
Everyone groans at me.

Off we go again.

Just around the corner we can see the ocean, the sand dunes, the wind swept scrub, and the forests huddling in the valleys. It is astoundingly beautiful. Wee Small wants to be carried.

Off we go again...

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