Saturday, October 2, 2010

Day 362

I type this as I sit in our room at the Crowne Plaza looking out over the city of Adelaide.

When we arrived a few days back we checked into a villa at the Adelaide Shores Resort. It was more like a cabin than a villa. Very comfortable and the grounds were great fun for the kids with lots of other families to hang with, a playground, jumping balloon, pool, games room. That was the kids portion of the holiday. We did that bit for them. But yesterday we packed up and ventured into the city, just for some diversity, and some grown up accommodation.

The moment we arrived in the city we marveled at how un-city like it seemed. The buildings aren't overly tall, the roads not terribly busy. We wondered where all the people were. So we checked in and went for a walk. It was time to hit that Rundle Mall that Adelaide is famous for. Tis not an indoor mall that burbs all over the world offer, but a paved street full of shops and mini-malls. Apparently. So we've been told.

So we went for a short walk and stepped into some open doors where our stomachs told us the food was. We were right. It was a very small food court. So small in fact that again we wondered where the people were. Are you sure this Adelaide place is a city? Not much to choose from. We circled the food court twice and finally made our choices. Our stomachs were satisfied. So again we walked. Through a different set of doors. We stepped outside, looked right. A hand full of people wandering around. Hmmm. Ghost town? We looked left ... HOLY SHIT .... our entire vision was a coloured wave ... a psychedelic python ... the ground was moving ... that's where all the people are. We'd been at the arse end of Rundle Mall. Clearly this place was a city after all. We entered the throng and got swept up in the carpet of people .... it certainly felt like a city now! Hold on to your handbags and your kids. Not sure how long it will be before we get spat out the other end ...

I reflect on that now because while it was momentary wonder and realisation for Derek and I, it seems it was a little overwhelming for our Darby. I was "encouraged" to wake up this morning with a 6 year old boy in my ear whose first words for my day were "Mummy, I'm scared to be in a city". Huh? I slowly left my cheer leading dream (it was a disaster of a routine anyway) and tried to focus on his voice. What mate? "I'm scared to be in this city. I'm afraid of those people. When are we leaving?" Really? Wow. This is a kid who has been in Sydney, Honolulu, New York, LA, and he's afraid of Adelaide? It made sense though. He did hold our hands very tight yesterday, and he wasn't himself. He actually said he felt sick and couldn't eat any dinner last night. He kept asking when we were going home. Derek and I decided he was home sick. Turns out he was .... with a little bit of crowd anxiety thrown in. I guess we've never noticed it before because during our other trips he's been quite a bit younger and he was probably carried through much of it, but now he is walking along in the crowd feeling vertically challenged and overwhelmed. Yes, well, I can understand the discomfort. Psychedelic pythons and moving carpets are a tad freaky ...

There's much I am marveling at in reference to the kids on this trip. Darby's growth spurt, his changing appearance, his skinny angular frame, and now his mind matter is just one area of contemplation. Tahlia's race towards teenager-dom is another. (That's a whole other posting.) Being on holidays and away from the routine gives me plenty of time to be mindful of just how short the period of kidnom really is. In the blink of an eye they'll be all grown up and keeping us at arms length. I want to treasure every moment between now and then ...

So with that said we've decided today is kids choice. They have chosen the zoo. Excellent. Adelaide Zoo, here we come ...

2 comments :

  1. We have three 'crowd enduced anxiety' kids and it can get pretty bad :( so I understand how you and your little guy feel. The zoo sounds wonderful (as does your holiday which I'm living vicariously thru with you :p).

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  2. Poor little bloke. I have to tell you I avoid Rundle Mall at the weekends for the very reasons he describes....

    I am so glad you are enjoying.......

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