Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Now let's be very clear...

Casually glancing up at The Boy’s bedroom window while deep in conversation I happened to spy a naked form flitting about on the window sill.
It took me a while to work out just what was going on and a few moments more before I was pelting round to the front door diving up the stairs charging into his room.
Me: “Just what the heck are you up to?!”
Although somewhat startled by my sudden appearance, The Boy looks at me as if I am extremely stupid. His expression becomes pitying.
Him: “Playing Mermaids.”
Right, silly me of course naked boys jumping off window sills -obvious isn’t it. We’re at the bottom of the sea and we’re mermaids.
Him: “I told you that’s what I would be doing.”
I remember something along the lines of I’m-going-upstairs-and-changing-into-home-clothes not I’m-going upstairs-stripping-off-all-my-clothes-climbing-on-window-sills-and-half-scaring-my-mum-to-death. I start to tell him this then I recall him saying to me he was going to play mermaids. I stand there with my mouth half open and my finger raised ready to admonish him. Nope I can’t I was so busy just doing things I probably zoned out on him as he was talking.
Him: “Mum?”
I focus.
Me: “Right. Well, playing mermaids is all well and good but jumping off the window sill is verboten. Now get dressed.”
Him: “But mermaids don’t wear clothes!”
Me: “This one does – now get a move on.”
Him: “Can I still play mermaids?”
Me: “Now let's be very clear about this you may but only if you’re dressed and no jumping off the window sill.”
I leave him to his imagination and return downstairs. Just as I sit down to have a cup of tea there is an almighty bang and thump from upstairs. I bolt back up prepared to do battler but before I speak, he interrupts.
Him: “I’m not jumping off the window sill, I’m using the desk…!!!”

13 comments:

Inthemud said...

Superb!
Your son has a wonderful imagination!

Elizabethd said...

Mermaids, even! Dont they terrify you sometimes.

KittyB said...

Just caught up with the last four blogs, I'm a bit behind. This is so funny. My friend Lucy and I caught our boys a year or so ago lying naked on a polar-bear rug, because it felt nice. A litte Hugh Heffner, a little Auston Powers. We can only worry! Mermaids are so lovely in comparison.

Pipany said...

Love it! Kids have the most wonderful logic don't they Tattie? xx

Crystal Jigsaw said...

They never give in do they! No sense of danger!

Crystal xx

elizabethm said...

I love the way he told you what he was going to do and you just didn't get it - mothers!

ChrisH said...

Aw, how cute and how funny! It's the kind of tender memory you store up (but don't repeat in front of their first girlfriends!).

bodran... said...

Don't you just love 'em xxx

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

What an imagination - wonder where he gets it from!

Expatmum said...

The old linguistic loop-hole. When will you learn?

Potty Mummy said...

Aaah yes, the constant negotiation and rule bending. Can't wait, personally...

Pondside said...

Tatty - here is advice from someone who has 'been there, done that'........you can't win!!! I laughed when I read your last line. Your boy sounds like a live wire!

Exmoorjane said...

But of course he was! All good mermaids dangle from window cills....silly mother. I begged my mother for two scallop shells so I could lie in the bath and pretend i was a mermaid....she didn't oblige. jx

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