We have just returned after 5 days away in the Riverland of South Australia with our two little grand daughters. It is school holidays here and we decided to "pick up stumps" and take off NORTH and see where we landed! Well that was Berri, right on the River Murray in the caravan park, and from there we ventured out each day to find "treasure!" That is all that my grand daughters are rapt in atm and boy did they have a win there!!!.
Lake Bonney at Barmera is a great place, but very windy and we decided to just go there for a "look see" and we pulled into a very sandy area (engaging4WD), traversing tracks ....better left alone..., but when we stopped, the girls piled out and started fossicking!
Lo and behold they" found a DINOSAUR skull!" Not only one but two! Along with backbones and ribs! OMG! Such joy and loud screams at their being so damn lucky! I told my husband ..."me thinks they are Merinosaur bones darling from the last LAMB ON A SPIT!"
Alexia heard me say SPIT and promptly said, "No! No! Yin Yin,! I don't think they can spit anymore because they are very dead!" HA HA HA! I did think that they were sheep skulls (Merino sheep) and backbones left from a BBQ! But the girls had a great day and an excellent find to take to "show and tell!" when they go back to school on Monday! Oh Boy! What an exceptionally lucky day for the Teacher and kids on Monday, when, these two little girls carry in a Merinosaur skull each! I would love to be a fly on the wall that day!
Addit...my toothbrush cleaned the damn things up and I promptly went and bought a new tooth brush to use for the rest of the trip!
It is amazing how something so simple can bring such joy, to two little girls outlook on life and it cost absolutely nothing.. except for my toothbrush replacement!
Very lucky Ouma (Granny) and lucky and privileged little girls !
That's just plain cute! The wee ones can be so innocently adorable!
I can hear the squeals of joy at finding treasures. Then, the pride of showing them! I'm with the girls...dinosaurs! 🤗🤗
My youngest son (at four) saw a piece of fossilized turtle poop in a rock store. He became fascinated with rocks and collected all kinds around our house - old lime riverbed - so lots of fossils in the rocks. Twenty years later he is working on a Ph.D. in geology and just got back from a Second summer exploration of Baffin Island.
My oldest son (at 13) decided he wanted to buy an old motorcycle to learn how to fix it. I helped bring a $ 300 seized engine, stuck in a barn, bike home and he worked on it for years until he had it roadworthy and rode it back and forth to college.
Never squash excitement or curiosity - if they find joy then they have found a life long career or at least an appreciation for their surrounding world and will always dream big and know that there are more possibilities than they can imagine.
Sounds like the way to go! We are gobsmacked with some of the things these two little girls come out and ask us. Most recently, little Alexia asked me something along the lines of .....when I was little, did I see many dinosaurs and did I get bitten by one? My reply of "" Öh my God No darling, because I could run very fast when I was your age!" She said "well Poppa must have been able to run faster than a dinosaur too heh Yin Yin? And that is why you got married together isn't it?" I don't know whether to be grateful or to yell out to Methusalem and say Oiii wait for me!!!!
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What an awesome day and experience. It is one they'll never forget, nor will you. Gotta love these special times.
what a sweet story. Memories in the making and ones they perhaps will tell their children hopefully when the time comes around.
Little one have such vivid imaginations, and can find so much fun and pleasure in the simplest of things. Not so as some of them get older and cannot make their own fun and games.
Oh wow what a story you weave Christine. Those girls are going to grow up with vivid imaginations and probably great story tellers like you. Like you I would love to be at their next show and tell at school.
LOL! It took me a few to catch on to the Merinosaur! I kept thinking, “Hmmmm, never heard of that one... need to look it up...” before reading the rest of your story. How great! Hopefully the girls will tell the teacher that they’re Merinosaur bones...