Anyway, Bryce Courtenay. He wrote a great book about an underdog, a shyster, a Jew, and something vaguely supernatural. Actually he wrote a lot of books about a lot of different things- the Crusades, early Australian history, pioneers, South Africa, his haemophiliac son etc etc and they all seem to boil down to: an underdog, a shyster, a Jew and something vaguely supernatural.
Anyway, he wrote this book called the Power of One and I was reminded of it this week as we are experiencing a bit of a Power of One thing here at the moment. The Power of One, Two and Three in fact.
The Power of One
On Friday one kid at M and A's kinder got piggy flu. One kid out of two hundred kids gets the flu and the village-wide kinder festival and bazaar gets down scaled to a kinder kiddos only affair. That means of the 330 odd fish we painstakingly made, 130 of them will be swimming around in storage for another year as we don't need them. Painful but not so bad for us low maintenance fish cutters as the mums doing the fiddly, pernickety time consuming doodads in other classes who must be shattered.
The Power of Two
Today a second kid succumbed to the oink. There are now twice as many kids ill as last Friday, yes, but still- we're talking about 2 out of 200... Nevertheless, with three days to go before the scaled down bazaar and festival- WHAM! postponed. Postponed indefinitely. Postponed until the flu run is over. As it's only just started, I'm guessing this means the festival will probably be held sometime next February. Oh, hang on... it's an outside festival and there's about 30 cm of snow on the ground by February.... hmmm, wait until the snow melts? Well that would be March.... by which time all eyes are on graduation in the third week of March...., hmmm... thinking there might be ohhh a good 330 fish left over from this year's non-festival at this rate.
The Power of Three
Hasn't happened yet but rumour has it that the power of three is class closures. Three kids sick and a class closes. Three classes close and the whole place closes. Noooooooo!!!!! It's just a rumour so far but I'm already worried. We could really use a shyster and something vaguely supernatural to save us about now...