And can I combine that with being very parochial about South Australia?
Thursdays are the day when my youngest, Lexie, goes off to "ABC School" for the day. And my eldest, Olivia, is at school of course. So the recently returned from hospital son of mine; Charlie, well, we knew we had a day together, just the two of us.
He was so excited about many things today:
- Getting out of the house and getting some fresh air circulating around his face and his wheelychair
- Having his Mummy all to himself
- Going to the "Muze-eem"
- Having a day "of peace Mum. Wivout the girls. I luf them, but they are 'noying."
- Going into the CITY (not a thing I actively encourage.....grumpy old woman I am.)
- Having lunch in a "caffee"
Let me tell you, such "culture" is usually, for me, only quickly undertaken on the way to a latte in the museum cafè.
We got there bang on opening and have only just got home. 5 hours of fun for free in the cool air conditioned comfort of one of Adelaide's finest facilities.
For anyone that has been to to the SA Museum before, you may recall the ground floor (slight old and dusty) taxidermied animals.....which is, for some reason, a huge draw for my kids. Especially the lion whose tale twitches.
Plus they are pretty damn keen on the big squid thing in the perspex column that spans the depth of three entire floors.
And there is the ice wall thingo in the In the Footsteps of Douglas Mawson area, which they leave their little hot handprints upon everytime.
But now there is also the brand spanking new and shiny South Australian Biodiversity Gallery.
Now I can totally understand if I have lost you now......because it sure does SOUND as dull as ditchwater.
BUT, how cool was it?! The whole of the second floor of the museum given over to exploring, very interactively, the natural history of SA. It was like a carnival for the senses, with movies, experiments, touchscreen stuff, computers, sounds, light shows.........it was truly amazing!
Charlie loved it, I loved it. (Plus, on a very practical level, it was bliss to be in good air con in a civil enviroment that caters so very very well for wheelychairs.)
And the cafè bit was truly delightful too.
How cool is it to realise that you really love love love the company of your children?
Charlie is now napping. And so very happy. It was a great date.