I can't say I swapped work shifts to be home when Sister asked us to look after Little Jo while she went to the football, but given I had worked three Sundays in a row, it seemed like a good idea to have a Sunday off. While we knew she would be quite content to stay at home here doing craft, making food and watching dvds, we all needed some outside stimulus. I saw some kiddies in the City Square watching something on a stage. Something to do with the Comedy Festival. Google was my friend. Family friendly performances at Fed Square. Family friendly yes, but a good does of double entendre involved for adults at the show.
Sister was meeting friends for a pre game drink at Rivergarden.We caught the tram in together. We were early and watched the excellent busker on a uni cycle at Fed Square. Sister went off to see her mates and we gathered at the Fed Square stage. We sat on our bums at the far left of the stage and saw some excellent performances. These were supposedly for kids and not something we would have gone to see on our own, but the performances were great. R and I enjoyed ourselves, as did Little Jo. Of course Sister had to reappear to check all was well. Yes Sister, your precious daughter is safe with us.
I could not sit on the ground any longer, so I adjourned to the background. One's back can only take so much. Not too much later R and Little Jo joined me. I thought one of the performances was based on an opera. The performer had used three audience members and it was very funny. How does a five year old know about mime? "Andrew and R, that mime performance was based on the story of Pocahontas". I hate kids being smarter than me but having just read an outline of the movie, she is correct.
We had kind of bribed Little Jo about coming into town to see the show with the promise of an ice cream. We went to the Scottish restaurant place in Swanston Street and bought ice cream and chips, and Little Jo showed us how chips can be dunked into ice cream. We sat in the gloomy and depressing upstairs area. I didn't go but Little Jo did, and judged the toilets as disgustingly filthy.
Little Jo was very talkative. 'Mummy's stomach is going to be cut open from here to here in August.' We knew nothing about it.
'Mummy won a ticket to Dream World and I am going there with my cousins in June.' Little Jo's cousins are the grown up Non Dreaded Nephew, Teacher Niece and Chain Saw Niece. Obviously not them. I pressed the point, who are these cousins? They are real cousins Andrew, and live in Geelong.
Little Jo does have a connection with her biological father. Is that what is about? When Sister returned from the football, she said they are just friends.
Sister is taking some posh school lads midyear to a camp to do good works in Alice Springs for some Aboriginal kids and then she will go to the Gold Coast to meet up with a friend who has kids and the friend will have flown up with Little Jo along and after that, once home, Sister will have her surgical procedure.
Sister: 'Did Mother tell you about my operation?'
Me: 'No, but Little Jo did today.'
It is awful. Sister has some huge fibroid growth and has to have a hysterectomy and the growth removed. The recovery period is very long. Trying to say something positive, I said, well at least you won't have to go through menopause. She said they are not taking her ovaries so I don't know if that means she will still have menopause or not. Later, I asked Mother and she said yes, she will still have menopause.
Once home with Little Jo, she got all crafty, read messy with paper, glitter glue and paints, and then she and R made pizzas while I walked our guest dog Jack. Later she was watching a dvd and blurted out, "That is the music 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy', and so it was. I can't bear the music. I think it is one of scariest pieces of music ever, and I have a feeling it was used in another movie when something bad happened. But honestly, how does the child know so much?
The busker performing at Fed Square. I dislike the way they plead for money at the end of their performances. It is a more recent thing, but it works. You should have seen the money he collected. I picked up the wrong camera when left home, so the photos aren't so great.
This performer was German and had been here for the Comedy Festival. He was excellent and very funny.
This was the mime performance, also excellent and very entertaining. As you can see, there was quite a crowd, but shortly after we left, a brief shower of rain cleared many away.