On my way to work a few weeks ago, the traffic was crawling past Grinstad Park at Enoggera. Whilst I was sitting there trying to gauge exactly how much I was enjoying the morning commute (very little), I happened to glance over to the park and caught a glimpse of what looked like a ginormous play fort! How had I not noticed that before?
When I got home that evening, I immediately suggested to Oscar that we go and check it out on the weekend, so that’s precisely what we did. And indeed I was right – there is a giant play fort down there!
Oscar was particularly chuffed with the giant green slide, which also doubles as a really good megaphone. Other Mums and Dads at the park seemed rather amused hearing Oscar’s little voice being loudly projected out of the bottom end of the slide, proceeding each of his many (many) slides down… “Ready to launch, captain?!”.
We managed to get to the park at an ideal time – early in the morning, with lots of storm clouds brewing (but no rain). Consequently, the park was fairly empty, but there was enough other kids there to add some character. Speaking of characters, one old gentleman came up to me and asked, “So, are you living here full time now?” – which I thought was rather an odd question. He must have sensed by the rather perplexed look on my face that I was rather perplexed, so he clarified with, “I see that you went to MIT!”
Granted, I was wearing an MIT shirt, and I technically I did go to MIT to get it; but I’m not sure that’s what he was inferring. But who was I to shatter the illusion?
“Oh” I said, “yes – actually I grew up here, but my wife and I lived in New York for two-and-a-half years, then London for three-and-a-half years after that.”
“Ah, that’s it!” he exclaimed. “I thought I could detect a London accent!”.
Sure you could rummy. Sure you could.