day 30 – change the batteries

This is going to sound like the dorkiest game ever. And I can’t explain the attraction. But the kid in our life wants this all the time for as long as I can stand it. It produces silence so you can do it while listening to something/someone else. Great for church or coffee with a friend. WARNING, these are the words you will come to dread: Change the batteries?

If you succumb, the child throws itself across your knees and hangs there while you pretend to take the cover off the ‘toy’s’ back, remove the old batteries, scratch and blow the terminals clean, insert two new batteries and replace the cover. You will need to furnish a screwdriver (fingernail) to remove the four screws on the cover and two new pretend batteries (from your pocket). I place the ‘screws’ in the child’s cupped hand while I work on the batteries.

This bossy toy now demands five screws, and insists that the t-shirt be pushed back when the cover comes off. The power of touch – I guess everyone likes having a back rub. This can go on for as long as you like, and trust me, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep. In my experience, when you press the ‘button’ the ‘toy’ never works, and you start again.

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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