Day 15. 43 pages, 20,363 words.
Last night, Mrs. Hatboy, Wump, Toop and I were treated to a highly entertaining and very enjoyable night at the Middle Eastern Film & Arts Festival in Helsinki. MEFA is taking place all weekend and showcases some brilliant little movies and a whole lot of interesting acts in the interests of showing people that … well, people are people are people, and why hate and fear when you can laugh and be friends and enjoy nice stuff? Peace and love and understanding, and all that happy hippie junk.
A brief introduction to the premise, shakily filmed on a giant, low-quality video phone. Sara was alternating English and Finnish, so I just filmed this part for best lazy accessibility.
Also, there were pop-up restaurants. Mmm, pop-up restaurants.
Then Nefes took the stage. Mrs. Hatboy was at this point upstairs feeding Toop and mingling, but Wump had been dead set on watching the show. When the lead singer of Nefes encouraged us all to get out of our chairs and dance, I asked Wump if she’d like to.
After being told to sit down and behave approximately seventeen times a minute by me and her mother, Wump was hesitant at first but when I assured her it was okay she bounced off … and just getting out of her seat to dance was not an option.
In this first video, she suffers rare and fleeting stage fright and shyness.
Everybody thought this was adorable, but then Wump gave her inner White Girl free rein. The following video is nothing less than a four-year-old giving me hope for the future of humanity.
Be free, inner White Girl. Be free.
I think it’s fair to say that Wump stole the show and the audience’s hearts, and while people at the outset were hesitant to dance, she did nothing if not lead by example. There’s just no way you can compete with that.
What a brilliant night.