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Out of the Mouths of Babes – Hairy Legs

“Mummy,” says SC at dinner today, “hairy legs are a good thing!”

“Oh, yes?”

“Yes, because they stop you getting bruises!” (Mummy raises her eyebrows) “Well, you see, if you bump your leg, the hairs fold down and act like a sort of cushion, so you don’t get any bruises.”

Think I’ll stick to waxing my legs and risk the bruises. (the latest set of which seem to be disappearing nicely)

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Out of the Mouthes of Babes – Weather

“Mummy,” SC said as we were driving along yesterday, “if we turned the heater in the car around, so it blew out of the car, we could warm the world up!”snow

“I suppose we could,” I replied.

Silence for a few moments and then…

“Mummy!”

“Yes.”

“We could make a weather machine to sort the weather out and make it warmer.”

“Yes we could. What would we need to make it?” I asked.

Well, we’d need some metal, which we can get from the metal shop, and then we can have a spinning wheel to point to the weather we need, and, of course, a big red button!”

“So what kind of metal do we need then?”

“Oh, you know, hot metal, freezing metal, hot-warm metal, wet metal…”

“Of course we do, that sounds like a great idea for a weather machine.”

“Yes, but I think using the car heater would be better!”

Anyone would think it had been cold this winter!!!!!!

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Mummy you don’t need a Knight in Shining Armour…

…because you’ve got me, and I’m your knight in shining armour!

said SC when we were in the car travelling to a castle on the trail of knights in shining armour last week. I just happened to mention that maybe I would find a knight in shining armour to look after us – you never know stranger things have happened. Knights are just in short supply these days, especially those on white chargers 😉

SC was quite adamant that I wasn’t actually allowed a knight, even when I said that of course he was mummy’s knight, but wasn’t she allowed a grown-up version too?

No, was the definitive answer.

But what happens, I reasoned with him, when he grows up and finds his own princess?

Child logic comes in to play here. “That doesn’t matter mummy, I’ll never leave you on your own, you’ll come with me!”

Mmmm, even I wouldn’t hold him to that one.

But, he’s right. He may not be a grown-up version, but I do have Prince Charming and a knight in shining armour. He’s just 5! And I’m training him up for someone else 😉

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Mummy, the world is flat!

So, a mere 520 years AFTER Christopher Columbus proved everyone wrong and said the world was round my SC (small child) quite matter-of-factly point out this morning at breakfast that the world was indeed flat!

After being assured it wasn’t, he was still adamant that it is flat.

The reason apparently why he has come to this conclusion is that he can’t see beyond the next couple of gardens, and so has decided that the world must go on for ever.

I then asked him what would happen if we kept on walking, would we eventually fall off the edge of the world?

He laughed and said “don’t be silly, mummy, of course not, we’d just get to the next country.”

I had to admit I was liking his logical thinking and reasoning, not bad for a just-turned 5-year-old.

So, then, I asked what would happen if we just kept walking, would we eventually get to the end?

And he, quite seriously said no, because the world goes on for ever.

Batting back the logical reasoning to him with a quick, “well then, if we’re the start of the world, then the edge must be behind us!”

He didn’t quite know how to respond to that last volley shot, so I plumped for suggesting that if we kept walking we’d eventually get back to the starting place, i.e., home, and then reminded him that he has seen pictures of the planet and has seen that the earth is indeed round.

At 7 o’clock in the morning, that was quite an in-depth discussion to have. Still at least it wasn’t quantum physics 😉

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