On Velcro

L starts school for the first time next week. It's the end of an era. No more empty days of play and freedom. The grind starts here. He's very excited about it, largely because he hasn't yet twigged that it will mean getting up every weekday, at roughly the same time, to go and do … Continue reading On Velcro

Illustrative ad verbatim #5

[Walking on a rotten tree trunk in the forest] L: It looks a bit rotten. D: It is a bit. That's probably why they had to cut it down. It looks like it might have been diseased. L: Yes. I think probably a mouse bit it and it got diseased from the mouse's diseasy teeth. … Continue reading Illustrative ad verbatim #5

What’s the Spanish for ‘constipated’?

On a recent family holiday in Spain, I experienced something I'm sure is familiar to almost all parents travelling with children. The perils of a holiday diet comprising mostly croissants and ice-cream took its toll on L's bowels. I sought solace at the local pharmacy. My sister and I memorised sections of the phrasebook so as to … Continue reading What’s the Spanish for ‘constipated’?