9 December 2007
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Ella at the same age
Tutankhamun's arms, by Miles
"Where's Tutankhamun's arms? They fell off! What did people do? They took them away. Tutankhamun's crying. He's crying because his arms fell off. He's got ears. He's got a hat, too! Where's Tutankhamun's arms? They broken. What did happen to her arms? Maybe they are in Italy. I got hands. Where's Tutankhamun's hands? We havin' fun on a train. Where's Tutankhamun's arms? That's my school bus! That's for my present for New York! My did go to New York when my lickle! I'm gonna do ah ad cander. Where's Tutankhamun's arms?"
This week Miles carried around his snowman, his Moomin, and his school bus from New York. On Sunday he went to see the Tutankhamun exhibition at the dome, and was particularly taken with a wooden bust of Tutankhamun as a young boy. Of all the Tutankhamuns on display (a generic term, as far as Miles is concerned -- the Sphinx is a Tutankhamun too, as are all Egyptian statues, sarcophagi, etc) this was the one Miles identified with, and declared to be "my Tutankhamun". He got very upset when we moved on to the next gallery, and wanted to go back to see it. Eventually we bought him a postcard of it, which he carried around for a while. He is very worried about Tutankhamun's lack of arms. Where have they gone? Italy, perhaps -- or maybe Africa. Or New York. And what about his hands? Also this week, Miles became interested in his "ad cander" (Advent calendar). And he did some sticking.