Conversations with Lily #5
Friday 24th January 2014
Florence, Will and I have been trying to get Lily to try a bit of gentle Devon caving.
It’s not going well.
Me: Hey, Lily, look at this video on YouTube of some guys in the cave I went in last weekend.
Me: Please. It’s fun!
Lily: (reluctantly enters office and eyes computer screen warily) Is it? Is it really fun? Because that’s not what you said before you went, is it?
Me: No – but I was wrong. It WAS fun! Look!
Lily: (glimpses a few seconds of some grown men in a murky, semi-flooded tunnel) Oh. My. God! Why?? You are such a freak.
Me: That’s Waterwheel Swallet. It’s like an underground water theme park!
Lily: No, it’s not. It looks and sounds exactly like a home-made horror film. It’s just ridiculous and I don’t want to know about it.
Me: How about you look at this video of the other cave we did?
Me: If we cave in Devon it’s not wet like these caves. It’s more muddy than…(gets cut off at this point).
Lily: (retreating to landing, which is, I assume, why she had to raise her voice…) What part of ‘no’ are you struggling with?