day 23 – sneaking

It’s so easy, without a word, to entice children into a game. While Mum or Dad or Nana or Granddad (or someone else) isn’t watching, give a child ‘the eye’ and take one step in the direction of the unsuspecting quarry. Put a finger to your lips, crouch slightly, and without a sound take a step closer.

You remember, the idea is to creep up on the ‘victim’ and get as close as you can before they see you. One of the things I love about playing with children is the reawakening of the child within. It’s good for you.

Published by Dr Toni Risson

Dr Toni Risson is a storyteller and a cultural historian who has penned everything from children’s picture books to a PhD on the Magic of Lollies. An expert on the Greek cafe phenomenon, Toni curated Meet Me at the Paragon for the State Library of Queensland, and her latest book, Brisbane’s Greek Cafes: A Million Malted Milks, was a finalist in the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards. Having encountered the elegant Paragon Cafe in Katoomba as a child, Toni developed a fascination with silky oak panelling, bevelled mirrors and Art Deco wall lights long before she understood the stories behind Australia's iconic Greek cafe. She continues to document our lost café culture.

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