素晴らしい夜

なんて夜だったんだろう。
お昼ぐらいからキッチンに立つ女性。夜のパーティの仕込みだと。娘とわたしがそわそわキッチンを行き来して覗いているとそのうちキャンセルがでたので、と招待された。やったー!
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シェアハウスの新旧住人が集ってアメリカ南部の料理を楽しむ、という総勢10余名の会に。
仕込みを待つ間ずっとワインを飲んでメルボルンのこと、仕事のこと、政治から食から、話しは続く。
これから世界を一年かけて周るというフードマーケッター、舞台のプロデューサー兼デザイナー、音楽家、彫刻家… 皆、インディペンデントに働いている様子。

娘はかわるがわる皆が構い、仔ウサギに餌をやり、猫を追いかけ、逆さにされたり肩車をしたり、かわるがわるの膝に抱かれ、一緒に踊ったり、絵を描いたり。彼女の笑い声がそこらじゅうから。母のところになど殆ど戻らない!

各々焼くワッフルの上に巨大なチキンが二本。メープルシロップをたっぷりかけて頂く。付け合わせの豆やスイートポテトも最高。皆ふぅふぅいいながらやっつける感じ。
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音楽をかけながら片付けて、最後まで限界まではしゃぎヘトヘトになりながらも、皆とどうしても離れがたい娘はわたしに部屋に閉じ込められ、号泣して暴れておしっこをもらした。トイレを忘れるほどとにかくはしゃいだのだ。娘の嗚咽に紛れる「ま、だ…あそび。たい…の…!」にわたしも泣きたくなる。
楽しい夜には必ず終わりが来ることをこの小さな人にどう伝えればいいのだ。
ようやくなんとかなだめて、最後はしゃくりあげながらお休みをいいにいきました。

本当にオープンだね、オーストラリアに向いている、なんてsweetieなんだ、と繰り返し言われる娘は(ありがとう)、皆の中に躊躇なく飛び込んで、間違いなく一番楽しんで幸せだったね。

飼い主の留守中のウサギの世話も買って出てしまった。

本当に、なんて夜だったろう!

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What a night it was.

One afternoon, a girl was busy cooking in the shared kitchen. so my daughter and I were curious then went peeking over and over. She told me she was going to have a big dinner of American South, which is waffles with fried chickens on top, served with maple syrup.

My daughter was too excited to hear about the party and asked me if we could join. I was afraid we weren't invited, at first. However, the girl told me one person cancelled so we could join. Yay!!

In the evening the landlord came and we opened wines and kept talking about this place, Melbourne, works, politics, foods.., anything about life. The people in this place seem to work independently, a food marketer who is going to travel around the world for an year, a sculptor, a producer of theatrical plays, a musician... etc etc.

My daughter was playing with the landlord's daughter and son, feeding rabbits, clucking macadamia nuts and eat them which actually grown in the garden, beading and puzzling when preparing the meal.  

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Gradually the invited people arrived and we started to have dinner. We made waffles by ourselves one by one, put huge chickens on top of it and served with maple syrup. Caramelized sweet potatoes, pea, egg salad for appetizer. The cuisine was just great thanks to the chef.

During the dinner, my daughter was just playing, dancing and cuddled by everyone. She was the happiest person all the time, her chuckle filled the room and never came back once to her mom!!

Saying goodnight was the hardest part. She cried so much saying "I want to play more!! " She had gone wild and kicked and punched me and peed. I was almost cry, too, not because of the pee but to imagine how hard to understand the fun night eventually comes to an end every time in our lives, for the little one.

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Oh, what an amazing night it was. All the compliments I had received to my daughter's "open mind" is unforgettable, I am so proud of her.
Now the morning came and my daughter just got out her room at the moment she woke up to say hi to everyone.

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by grosgrain | 2017-01-12 04:30 | Comments(0)

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