Cameron has a new Lamby,
to be known as Lamby 5. It's small and scrawny and cost
only $7. It clips onto his trousers where he can't reach
it. As he runs it bounces up and down like a newborn lamb
in Spring. Cam loves his Lamby. But we all know that he
will leave it eventually.
Cameron falls in love again at
Te Papa Museum, Wellington
South Island has been repopulated by a
succession of Cameron's forsaken Lamby's. Lamby 1, 2, 3
and 4 are Cameron's loss and New Zealand's gain, not that
he seems to mind. After losing the first two without a trace,
we instituted a system of pre-departure checks to prevent
the loss of Lamby 3. He was found buried alive in gravel
pit at Hope Bridge, awaiting near certain death on a barbeque
at Tapawera and contemplating a long goodbye on a beach
at Farewell Spit. But each time our diligence saved him
and Cameron was momentarily grateful, greeting the dirty
animal with a hug, "Tink you Mummy, I love my Lamby."
After a while our pre-departure checks
became less rigorous and Lamby 3 spent a week at the bottom
of Cameron's sleeping bag, his absence unnoticed. Sadly
for Lamby 3, it did not make the heart grow fonder. Shortly
after he disappeared without trace. We suspect he drowned
but may yet turn up with the tide.
Cam on the lookout for Lamby
3's return on an incoming tide
All that remains of Lamby 4 is a tiny
black and white scarf that the poor animal used to dangle
from at playtime, "Lamby done Bungy jumping Mummy."
The sad remains of Lamby 4
Cameron' s detached attachment to the
replaceable creature is the opposite to Matthew's love affair
with Puppy The Wuppy. Increasingly smelly and scruffy the
Pup accompanies us everywhere we go. While there may be
a succession of Lamby's there will only ever be one Puppy
The Wuppy. All in all it's a dog's life to be Cam's Lamby.
But despite everything, at bedtime Lamby
is just as important as Puppy the Wuppy if Cam and his Lamb
are going to settle down together to count sheep. Any breed
will do as long as it's white, fluffy and answers to the
name of Lamby.
We welcome Lamby 5 to the family. If his
life may be short we hope it will be full and adventurous.
Lamby 5 is welcomed to the fold