Monday, 8 September 2008

Yo-ho-ho (uh-oh)

There's a new twist in Berry's bedtime routine – one I never saw coming.

"Goodnight mum-mum. I love you mum-mum."

"Goodnight honey, I love you too. Have a good sleep."

"I love you. Them pirates no can get me?"

Pirates. Right.

"I no like-them pirates. They no get me."

Berry has just moved up to the three-to-five-year-old class at preschool and when I picked her up last Tuesday, her group was being 'covered' by another teacher who had them listening to an ocean adventure book-on-tape. What I heard of it sounded downright boring, actually – a bit too dreary for kids that age.

On the way home, though, Berry unravelled a story about "them scary mans" who "sing a growly song" and ever since then we've been on a fear-of-pirates kick.

This morning at breakfast: "You have a good sleep, mum-mum?"

"I had a good sleep sweetheart. Did you have a good sleep?"

"I did. None them pirates did get me."

"Honey, we have no pirates here. No pirates will ever get you."

She nodded sagely. "My daddy look after me. Get them pirates. He a big man."

So now you know. If you have a pirate problem, call my husband. He's a big man.



  1. Oh my god. I am not sure whether I laughed more at her sudden apprehension about pirates or at the idea of Nathan fighting one. Personally, I would be okay if Jonny Depp wanted to come haul me away.

  2. Nathan's got some moves, baby. Texans vs pirates would be a good fight to watch... maybe Mark can sign up too.

    (I think the fact that the pirates keep failing to show up will reinforce her belief that they're afraid of her daddy. Which is just fiiiiine by me.)

  3. Maybe you better avoid Peter Pan for a couple of years :)

  4. I seriously get so excited when I see a new post on your blog. They're always so entertaining! This one is adorable. My son went through the same thing but it was all about skeletons. "Mommy, there's no skeletons living in our house? Just the ones inside us and they're nice, right?"

  5. That is so cute! It's fascinating what kids will get scared of! I once made the mistake of renting Peter Pan to watch with my 4yr old cousin... nightmares of Captain Hook quickly ensued (of course I was also safely at home, 3 hours away, by then!).

  6. Aw, thanks Jaimee! I dread to think what might happen when Berry discovers skeletons... I'll make a note to remind her the "ones inside us are nice"!