I love kids. They just open their mouths and whatever they’re thinking just comes right out. This results in them uttering some absolute gems. Sometimes I even have the presence of mind to make a note of these gems so that I can immortalise them here…
Lions have lie-ins?
The geekdaddy is not a morning person. He can get up when he has to, and I have to say he’s been a superstar since I went back to work, as he gets up to take the kids to nursery every morning I’m working, so that all I have to do is get myself out of the door and to the office (which can feel like a major achievement sometimes!). When he doesn’t have to get up, though, I do let him have a lie-in, and we have a long-standing agreement that I don’t send the kids in to wake him up until after 10am. The geekdaughter explains this as follows:
“A lie-in is something Daddy does every day, like lions waking up in the zoo.”
The difference between real life and pretend
We do a lot of pretend play, and one of the geekdaughter’s favourite games is tea parties. One memorable morning she came into the kitchen whilst I was washing up, and presented me with a (pretend) plate of (pretend) biscuits I explained I was washing up so couldn’t take the biscuits with wet hands, and I asked her to just put them on the kitchen side next to me, which she duly did. A little later she came back into the kitchen, and it went like this:
Her: Mummy did you eat your biscuits?
Me: No, net yet. It’s actually very close to lunchtime now, so let’s leave them and I’ll eat them after lunch
Her: But mum, they’re only pretend…
Teaching her jokes
We’ve started trying to teach the geekdaughter about jokes, and the geekdaddy really wanted to tell her his favourite joke of all time:
Him: What’s orange and sounds like a parrot?
Her: Nothing’s orange and sounds like a parrot Daddy
Him: A carrot
Her: No Daddy, carrots can’t talk
You can’t argue with the logic can you?