Sunday, September 7, 2014
Day 58 of 100 Days of Good Karma.
I sat on the couch writing down some ideas for future blog posts when Hannah came into the living room.
We were moving slow today, and all of us were still in our pajamas even though it was approaching lunch time.
“Mommy, can we do a magic show for you?”
I looked at the hamper and the blanket, and the grin on her face. I could hear Connor waiting in the kitchen for his cue.
“Sure,” I said, smiling.
I turned to a clean page in my notebook so I’d be ready. I had a feeling this was going to be good.
Hannah gave a quick fist pump and said, “Yes!” Then she rushed off stage (i.e. back into the kitchen) where I could hear her whispering instructions to Connor.
After a minute, Hannah leapt back onto stage (i.e. in the living room).
“First I shall pull a penny from your ear,” Hannah said grandly.
“But I don’t have a penny in my ear,” I said with as straight a face as I could muster.
Hannah grinned and fiddled her fingers behind my left ear. When she pulled her hand back, there was a penny pinched between her thumb and forefinger.
I exclaimed loudly and she beamed with pride. Then she rushed off stage and carried in a tall laundry hamper with a camouflage blanket draped over the top.
“For my next trick, I will pull toys from this box.”
“But you have to close your eyes first.”
“Oh. I see,” I said and closed my eyes. The late morning sunlight turned my eyelids red. I heard little feet scamper across the wood floor then the hamper lid bang open.
Hannah whispered, “Shh, Connor.”
Connor said, rather muffled now, “Sorry!”
I waited patiently until Hannah tapped me on the arm. “You can open your eyes now,” she said.
I did, and magically, Connor was nowhere to be seen.
Hannah stood behind the hamper and said, “I will now pull a fish from this empty box!”
She said the magic words, “Hippity do da day!” each word punctuated by a tap on the hamper lid.
With the last tap the hamper lid lifted open and a small hand threw out a stuffed bear.
“A bear?! I wanted a fish!”
A small giggle came from inside the hamper.
Hannah peeked inside the hamper and whispered, “Connor, do a fish next time.”
“Okay.” But he giggled again when he said it.
Hannah stood beside the box again. “I will now pull a fish from this box!”
She repeated the magic words and the tapping. Again the lid opened and closed, but this time a stuffed rabbit flew out.
Hannah peered into the hamper again and whispered fiercely, “Connor, I wanted a fish!”
“Oh-kay!”, he said.
For a third time, Hannah stood beside the hamper and said the magic words.
And a fish flew out!
The audience (me) clapped wildly.
Connor giggled from inside the hamper while Hannah took a bow (or five) saying “Thank you!” with each dip of her head.
When the audience calmed, Hannah said, “And now, the final act! I will pull a boy from this box! But first, you have to close your eyes.”
I closed my eyes, though, I confess: I peeked this time. The mystery was just too much to bear.
Hannah had her head beneath the blanket whispering to Connor.
I quickly closed my eyes again, just in time for Hannah to say, “Okay, here we go!”
I opened my eyes, riveted on the scene before me.
Hannah pulled away the blanket over the hamper with a flourish. Then she waved it back and forth over the box. A trick of this magnitude required a different set of magic words.
“Abra ca doodle,” she chanted. “Abra ca day, make this magic trick work for us today!”
The lid remained closed and Hannah shot the hamper lid a worried look.
“Try it again,” I whispered elaborately.
She nodded and said, “One last magic word: Hippity do da day!”
The lid exploded upwards and sure enough, a real live red haired boy popped out singing, “Pop goes the weasel!”
The crowd lost their minds.
Bows were taken all around.
“How did you do all that?” I asked.
“A magician never tells,” Hannah said, a sly look on her face.
I decided to let her keep her secret.
Today’s silver lining: Children’s imaginations. May they never lose the wonder.
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!