On our annual springtime visit to the zoo to see the latest baby animals, Hephie was more interested in the big, old elephant who was doing circus tricks than the cute baby chimpanzees clinging onto their mothers.
So when we passed a big circus tent one day on our bike ride, he pleaded, “Please, can we go to the circus? I want to see the elephant doing tricks. Maybe he could teach me special hephalump tricks too.”
Ccino pestered us too, “I want to see the lions up very, very close. I’m not scared. I’ll just roar at them and they’ll think I’m a lion too.”
Grot boy and I were not keen to support a circus with animals – they always look so unhappy and unloved – so we persuaded the teddies that a circus without live animals would be much more fun. “There’ll be clowns and magicians and acrobats and dancers with music and lots of tricks too,” grot boy explained.
Hephie and Ccino love magic tricks, and Dwight was excited by the dancers and acrobats. “They all have such beautiful costumes. I’d like to be a dancer in a circus and wear a pretty, bright costume. I’d swing on the trapeze so my skirts swirled around me and everyone would clap,” she enthused.
So that’s how we made the big mistake of teaching Hephie magic disappearing tricks.
At first he just made Bobby’s chocolate disappear. That was easy and Bobby didn’t mind too much. “Where is my other piece of chocolate?” he would ask. “I’m sure I had a second piece just waiting to be eaten.”
Hephie would start to giggle and laugh and, pleased with his little trick, would immediately show Bobby where the chocolate was hiding under his plate.
He then tried hiding grot boy’s phone. That was easy too, as grot boy would leave it lying around, never quite sure where he last put it, and all Hephie had to do was cover it up with the newspaper on the table. But grot boy would find it just as easily by ringing himself from my phone.
I thought Hephie’s tricks were a lot of fun and used to encourage him. “You are such a clever little hephalump,” I’d tell him. “You can do special hephalump tricks just like the big grey elephant we saw at the zoo.”
But then he decided to trick me!
Grot boy dropped me off at the gym one morning before he went to work, taking Hephie and Bobby with him. When I arrived back home, I searched every pocket of my gym bag but couldn’t find my door keys. I turned the bag upside down and gave it a big shake –lots of stuff fell out but no keys.
Just as I sat down on the doorstep, wondering what to do next, I noticed grot boy pull up and get out of his car followed by Hephie dangling my keys from his trunk and looking very guilty.
“That’s the end of magic disappearing tricks,” grot boy and I agreed.
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