-I went on an adventure up on that hill! I found an orange ladybird and a red ladybird and a big fat yellow snail! Then I got stung by something and I stumbled and fell and I rolled down the hill! And my knees are all dirty and scratched.
-School was great today! We played the police. It was very painful. -Why was it painful? -Because we were hitting each other. -Who played this game? -My whole class. -So the game was just a bunch of kids beating each other up? -Yes! And I was the police dog. -So you didn’t get hit? -No. They kicked me a lot.
Our kids are very environmentally aware. They recently started upcycling – they’re creatively turning milk bottles, egg cartons and cardboard boxes into birdhouses, bird feeders and insect hotels.
It’s a lovely idea. It also means our house is gradually filling up with poorly painted and decorated trash, which we’re supposed to admire.
I started lying to my kids about boxes still being used just so they don’t ask me to have them for their “project”. Who would’ve thought that one of the consequences of a lockdown would be me putting empty milk bottles back in the fridge if the kids are watching? What am I turning into?!
“I need to poo,” Benny enters the bathroom while I’m in the shower. I hear him sigh loudly as he sits on the toilet.
I just wanted to take a shower by myself and be quiet for five minutes, but I can’t tell him to wait. Benny’s pensive while taking a poo. He says: “I really like spending time like this, just the two of us.” Immediately I feel guilty for not having enough time for each of my children. Until he adds, more cheerfully: “But I like doing arts and crafts with Dada more.”
At least I’m good enough for him to hang out in the bathroom with me.
“I was just imagining that I was falling off a mountain and what would be the most stupid things to think about at that moment. I think number one would be thinking about what to make for Arts and Crafts and number two would be telling myself to stop talking to myself: “Stop talking to yourself, you’re falling off a mountain, stop talking to yourself!” That would be really dumb.”
Molly (7) on What not to think about when you’re falling off a mountain.