Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Croup, robotic legs and a hard think

Things I've learned from my children today.

Croup is not left behind with the Victorians. I thought croup was a relic of mob caps and knickerbokers along with consumption and gout. But when Boy Three started coughing and barking last night I found out that I was wrong. I'm pleased to report, however, that he is no longer making alarming noises and seems to be almost back to normal.

Mr Milligan has a robotic leg. According to Boy Two, Mr M, their gym teacher has a robotic leg. Apparently he told the class the day Boy Two was off having his swine flu injection. It's got pistons and wires and the bits are all hidden under his skin. So now you know too.

My punishments aren't harsh enough. Boy One is permanently cross with Boy Two. Boy One is a bit of a police boy and likes to see rules enforced and lines toed. Boy Two doesn't really... doesn't at all actually. This gives rise to conflict. Boy Two may have done something hideous, like picking up Boy One's magazine. Boy One said: "You're not strict enough mummy."
"Shouting doesn't work on Boy Two."
"Not always," I agreed.
"I think you should give him a good, hard thinking."
"What's that then?"
"You know, like when you burst his balloon for hitting you with it. You sent him to his room for a good think."

And a joke from Boy One:
What does Medusa wash her hair with?
Sssssssssssssssshampoo obviously.


  1. Poor little chap with the croup, but I think it sounds more alarming than it is. Glad he's improving. robotic legs is something I might have to think about! Your boys are a wonderful mixed bag - enjoy! Mxx

  2. I wouldn't mind being sent to my room for a good hard think.

  3. Is it wrong that I am imagining the look on his face when you burst his balloon and I'm SMILING? *bad mummy*

  4. Oooh, I remember the croup.

    And I wouldn't mind being sent to my room either. They could bring me my meals in bed. So long as they left me with the remote control for the telly.

    CJ xx

  5. Is getting a thinking a bit like when I give you a long hard listening to

  6. M, Happy to report Cormac much improved.
    Heather, I'm not sure it's possible to send yourself for a hard think, it's got to be worth a try though.
    Jo, bursting his balloon was very satisfying.
    CJ, is it possible to have a good think at the same time as watching Corrie?


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