Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Yungle Book Comes to Life

I mentioned in recent post how Nikki Dee enjoys watching Jungle Book when she visits. Shortly after she's sounded Revellie at an atrociously early hour, we stumble downstairs whereupon she invariably requests "Yungle Book?" As I posted once before, one morning we had watched it twice by ten o'clock. Lately, she'll march us around the house or even outside to the strain of the elephants' Dawn Patrol: "Hup two three four, give it up two three four, la la la la la ... "

Therefore, it shouldn't have been a surprise last Sunday during our stroll through the park, when she led me to a tree to, evidently, help her climb up. In the story, Bagheera, the panther, helps Mowgli climb into the tree where they can supposedly sleep safely. Of course, they are not at all safe because that nefarious snake, Kaa is able to hypnotize first Mowgli and then Bagheera.

Disregarding the dangers of hypnotizing snakes, however, Nikki Dee put me through my lifting exercises any number of times in what was designed to be a leisurely Sunday stroll. She dragged me from tree to tree to assist her to climb up, just as Bagheera helped Mowgli. There were two problems with this: (i) she isn't Mowgli; (ii) Buppa is definitely not Bagheera — nor any other agile cat.




13 comments:

Ginger said...

How funny (and what glorious weather you had!). Kids of this age have such great worlds of imagination, don't they? I would suspect that she was somewhat disappointed that her little feet wouldn't just grab onto that tree and take her right up into the branches. Gotta admire her for trying!

Diana said...

Well at least you both got some exercise while she was exercising her imagination! Great pictures of the two of you! Love Di

Mara said...

I've only just noticed (!) that that child is for ever outside! How brilliant!! Too many children spend all their time indoors, doing nothing but stare at the tv and computer screen. And this little girl (with the help of her grandparents) will watch a film and then try and do it in real life! She must be a very happy little girl.

Donna said...

HAhahahaaa...there's just no other response!!!hughugs

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

She is determined to keep you young in spite of yourself.

That is a great tree she is trying to climb into to sleep. It looks like one of the old gnarly willows along the beach in Port Credit when I was a youth. I assume gentrification has seen them torn down by now, replaced by some tidy boardwalk I suppose.

Bernie said...

Looks like you had a fun day with Smudge...love the photos...:-)

Mary said...

AC,

Ah, a little tomboys with dreams of being Mowgli. LOL She is going to remember these times when she's older. Fond memories.

Enjoyed your post about your stroll along the Mississippi. When we went fishing with the boys Monday, some of the trees had a tinge of colour and some sumachs had portions that were bright red. Do you remember the poem that said, "and all the sumachs on the hill had turned from green to red."

Take care and enjoy the wee girl. Before you know it, she will be in high school.

Blessings,
Mary

Queenmothermamaw said...

As I scrolled down and read and looked at the marvelous pictures, I promise I truly expected you, A/C, to be half way up the tree with her. I believe she can lead you anywhere.
QMM

Lorna said...

idyllic!

Judy said...

Isn't life FUN when viewed at toddler eye-level?

Over here it's Nemo we've been watching.

Kinda scared where THAT might lead me...

jinksy said...

This is particularly relevant for me now- I'm just reading 'The Jungle Books' Ridyard Kipling original as opposed to Walt Disney version - so the pics made me laugh twice as much. I can see, you'll need to find trees with lower branches - or take a stepladder on walks?

Ruth said...

Grandpa's back got a good stretch...

simplycol said...

I think this is why God invented Grandparents. :-)