This morning, while The Dad and Pearl were at music, the little ones and I went marketing.  We decided to go to the craft market first, then to the library cafe for bikkies and fluffies (or as Babess says, a “fluffly”) , and back to the farmers’ market on the way home.

On the way to the craft market, I realised we had an alternative route available.  “Would you like to walk past the boats, or the shops?” I asked.

“The boats!  The boats!” they cried.  So we headed towards the waterfront.  As we crossed the major road to get there, we heard a siren approaching.  We scurried across quickly – even though we had a “green man” – in case the fire engine needed to get through.  Then we turned to watch it coming.  As it went past, fairly slowly through the traffic in the intersection, both Fainjin and Babess waved furiously.  And, bless them, the firefighters waved back.  Fainjin was so thrilled, he was just beaming.  A passer-by even stopped to say to him, “I saw them waving to you!  How exciting!” and he grinned from ear to ear.

I think the boats were a little bit anticlimactic for him after that, but he was in such a good mood it didn’t matter.

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3 Responses to “Waving”

  1. Susan @WhyMommy Says:

    Awesome! Firefighters the world over are universally nice to children, aren’t they? I love it!

    But what are bikkies and fluffies?

    • Kate @ upsidebackwards Says:

      Thanks, L, for the explanation! Yes, fluffies are frothed milk, they use the same milk as they would for a cappuccino (I’ve seen them called “babycinos”, especially in Australia). They are usually served in a miniature cup or small glass, topped with powdered chocolate and with a couple of marshmallows on the side. Sometimes instead of a marshmallow you will get a baby chocolate fish (a NZ peculiarity, pink marshmallow fish-shape coated in chocolate). The library cafe goes that extra step and sprinkles hundreds and thousands on top of the chocolate dust. At least, we call them hundreds and thousands, I think in the US they’re just called “sprinkles”. Depending on the cafe, fluffies cost between 50c and $1.50; they’re often free with a full-price hot drink (so if Mum’s having a coffee, tot gets a fluffy for free). And bikkies are biscuits, in the English tradition, not quite the same as a cookie but that’s the closest US approximation 🙂 These ones were shortbread. With hundreds and thousands. This cafe knows its market!

  2. L Says:

    @WhyMommy: biscuits (cookies) and frothed milk. 🙂

    Sounds like a gorgeous walk! Too cute, those two…

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