The 4 of us have been beset with niggling coughs & colds, on & off, for the last few weeks.
Last week on the way back from pre-school Jake was having a little coughing fit.
I tried to be nice.
“Oh, Jake: you’ve still got that nasty cough! Don’t worry, we’ll try to make you better.”
“But you can’t, can you?” was his immediate reply.
No hint of malice or bitterness, just a matter-of-fact observation.
He’d no doubt noticed that Mummy & Daddy had been coughing & sniffling as well, & that our best efforts at treatment hadn’t made our ailments go away, let alone his or Ellie’s.
I was stumped. What can you say to that?
The best I could do was: “Yes Jake, you’re probably right. But we’ll do our best anyway.”
I keep underestimating his & Ellie’s powers of observation & their ability to make logical connections.
And I think I need to learn that it’s entirely possible to be condescending to a 3-year-old!
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