Thursday, August 18, 2011
Passports please ...
So there we were playing away in the Witches Garden where a couple of favourite long branches, low to the ground are great to straddle and fly on.
Dakota announced to Ted at one point that he'd have to show his passport if he wanted to come fly with her. Ted looked a little perplexed and said, 'I haven't got one of those.' Dakota replied with, 'Well you'll have to get one.'
Ted took a moment and came to me.
'Danella, Dakota said I have to have a passport. I haven't got one of those.' I offered to help him make one. I talked about how a passport was something that could help when you wanted to go to another country, it has a photo and tells people who you are and where you come from.
Ted and I found a big leaf. I 'took a photo' and 'stuck' it on. Ted was pleased as could be ... and off he went again to see the passport officer.
Dakota said, 'Well have you got a passport Ted?'
'Yep, I have', said Ted and he gave it to Dakota.
Her reply, 'I'll have to see the photo.'
She held it at arms length, looked at Ted and then the passport and with the air of great authority said, 'No, that's not the right one.'
Ted was floored. He came back to me and said, 'Danella, Dakota said it's not the right one.'
... and on the game went. Ted showed incredible tenacity in his quest to have the right document and Dakota was quite something else. For a girl who plays most often in the gentlest of ways, she pulled a real authority figure out of the bag for this game ... and a relentless one at that. Her travel experiences and all she'd taken in of the passport experience were there. It was amazing to see how she'd taken on the demeanour and posture for this. Also quite something to see how Ted was trusting her and what was needed and how he was not going to give up on his desire to fly with Dakota.
In the end, once the passport officer was satisfied, it was like Ted had crossed a magic golden line and under the branch he went ... off to fly with his gentle friend Dakota.