"let your boat of life be light, packed with only
what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you,
enough to eat and enough to wear
and a little more than enough to drink:
for thirst is a dangerous thing"

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

conversations with kelly......

You can't see the words properly on the shirt, but it says
"Little Miss Chatterbox"
Kelly, my 12 year old niece is a special one.  On Sunday she came to join Granny, Michael and I for lunch.  Time spent with Kelly always involves lots of talk - mostly from her side (but I also talk a lot), so we are a good pair, on a Sunday in my kitchen.  She is a bit sensitive about things at the moment so, in case she reads this blog post (she does from time to time "when they are not too long" or "when she is mentioned"), best I reassure her that being who she is, is what makes her special and although her stories can be pretty exhausting, spending time with her is a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

We had lunch and dessert and while I was fiddling around in the kitchen she entertained me.  She is at that stage when she is a mine of information about all kinds of things.  She knows all about Glee - the songs, the dance steps the characters in the show; I had to hear all about the Oakhurst production of Oliver Twist and had detailed stories about the The Hunger Games and the Twilight books and movies; she knows all the young stars and who goes out with who.  She was horrified that I did not know the guy who Mirey (or is it Miley) Cyrus is engaged to and had to show me pictures of him on the computer.  (She would have shown me his picture on her phone but her phone has been confiscated until her exams are over).  We had to run backwards and forwards to the computer every time I needed an education into who's who in Kelly's world at the moment.  I now have Zac Efron as my screensaver!!

I then had a comprehensive lesson in what The Hunger Games craze is all about.  Kelly has read 2 of the books (but will have to wait until she is 13 to see the movie).  I heard all about Panem and the12 different districts and how a teenage boy and a girl are selected and go into this game "a bit like Survivor".  I heard how Katniss's little sister got selected but she would not let her go so Katniss went in her place to compete.  Katniss then meets this "really hot guy" (I forget his name but know what he looks like because I had to see pictures of him with stubble and a shirt, without stubble and without a shirt).  What amazed me most was that Kelly seemed to grasp quite a few morals in this story, which she managed to explain to me (I hope I was concentrating properly).  She told me that The Hunger Game taught the children about how unimportant money is and how love and family are more important and that being poor is not so bad. (This is really good for a 12 year old who does not have the best concentration span (but she does love to read)).  I knew nothing about The Hunger Games except that it was "teenage science fiction" but through Kelly's storytelling, she has got me interested and I have promised to take her to see the movie in the holidays.  She could pass for 13 (don't you think?)

She reprimanded me again about not having read even one Harry Potter book or seen any of the movies (and gave me a quiz of the characters, which I failed horribly).  I had to confess to her that besides not seeing Harry Potter, I have not seen Titanic or watched Shrek in it's entirety or read The Hobbit.  She has not read The Hobbit either (but it is on her list).

So this post comes about because today I saw this song on YouTube and it comes from The Hunger Games soundtrack, and I decided to listen to it.  
I remember tears streaming down your face when I said "I'll never let you go"
When all those shadows almost killed your light
I remember you said "don't leave me here alone"
But all that's dead and gone and passed tonight

Just close your eyes, the sun is going down
You'll be alright, no one can hurt you now
Come morning light, you and I'll be safe and sound.

Don't you dare look out your window, darling everything's on fire
The war outside our door keeps raging on
Hold onto this lullaby even when the musics gone, gone

Just close your eyes, the sun is going down
You'll be alright, no one can hurt you now
Come morning light, you and I'll be safe and sound

Just close your eyes, you'll be alright
Come morning light, you and I'll be safe and sound

Isn't it a lovely song with awesome words?  It is a lullaby, which I don't think I have heard for a long. Before I finish off for this evening, another confession - I actually enjoy Taylor Swift (me being pretty much anti most female vocalists) and I love The Civil Wars - both of them together = Bonus.

I am about to get accused (once again) of being long-winded ;) so if you want to listen to a superb song by The Civil Wars, click here

Funny how when you are not looking for things, they find you and kind of tie in together - well for me it did today.  Thanks for the lesson on Sunday Kelly.

1 comment:

  1. The Hunger Games is excellent! Not seen the film yet, but the book is terrific.