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An Immortal Hovering Television for Your Viewing Pleasure

By Carol Duncan - 15th December 2011

image by Carol Duncan - all rights reserved

Well, we’ve made it through 2011. Almost. Just a few days to go.

We’ve made new friends, lost old ones, seen amazing things and been some wonderful places - and mostly due to good friends who share with us their time, their love, their generosity and give us the gift of experiences.

We are blessed to have some really interesting people in our lives.

My work as an ABC journalist means meeting new people every day and regularly doing interviews with some high-profile types and others who are not-so-high-profile but are fascinating nonetheless. The kids just assume all of these interesting people are my friends. Sometimes they become so.

My husband is a research scientist so his academic environment means welcoming new colleagues from different parts of the world on a regular basis. That’s always good when it means coming home with a box of home-made Indian sweets!

Mr 8 and Mr 10 are tired, but happy. It’s been a busy year of school and sport and music and adventures. Skinned knees and bumped noggins. Achievements and disappointments.

But we have done all of these together and always had the sanctity of our ‘nest’ to return to.

They are ready for a bit of a break. We all are. (I started early by adding some hard-earned long service leave to my annual leave.)

The boys have come home this week, this last week of the 2011 school year, with their bags heavy with the fruit of their efforts this year.

Workbooks in every possible area: maths, HSIE, literacy and so on .... and I’ve saved two of my favourites to share with you.

The photo above of the exquisite red artwork by Mr 8 (Year 3) comes with a story. One of our favourite authors is Shaun Tan and his book, The Lost Thing, has been much-loved by all four of us. It would seem to be the inspiration for this work:

“My Lost Thing would be a TV that flies.

It has silver wings and a golden key.

When you turn it, a trumpet comes out and starts playing.

It is immortal.

It has machine guns on the side of it.

It is blue.”


My favourite item from Mr 10 (Year 4) is a very short writing piece that left me convulsing with laughter because of the themes it touches on, the wisdom of the boy and the dry, wicked humour it displays. The Sage writes:

“2 June 2011

Today I have a violin lesson to add to my other 4,327 violin lessons.

My grandmother says it will expand my mind.

But in an air-conditioned car all it will do is expand the strings.”


Mostly I appreciate how very lucky we are, in so many different ways.

Thank you for letting me share some brief moments of our lives with you, and for responding in return.

This happychild community is one that I learn and grow from on a very regular basis because of the generosity of others who share their stories, too.

Either as bloggers or feature writers, or by those of you who take the time to leave a comment, share a thought, an experience, a suggestion.

Never underestimate the power of this strange, online community.

Postscript: I have applied for a patent on the Hover Telly®.



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