It is by now about 9pm, younger boy at least should be thinking about going to bed but it’s looking about as likely as him travelling to space any time soon. I have been trying to work as I have a deadline looming for a particularly cumbersome project, the less said about that the better, but it remains like a black cloud. I am stressed, the boys are noisy and I get to a certain point where I decide to throw the towel in. I flop in front of the TV which in itself is a rarity, firstly the TV is always occupied by one of the boys and secondly, ordinarily I find it difficult to justify time watching the TV when there is so much to do.
Tonight, however I was in for a treat, Coldfeet was on, one of my favourite programmes, sadly I have missed the first few episodes of this series. Younger boy eventually settled next to me. Now ideally I know you’re supposed to only watch kid friendly programmes when your kids are around, but for me TV watching opportunities are so rare that rightly or wrongly I decided to cease the opportunity.
The other thing I should point out at this stage is that my kids are the sort of kids that ask questions all the time, nothing seems to put them off. For the most part this doesn’t bother me, it’s better for them to have enquiring minds, right? But as you might predict I am sometimes asked difficult questions at awkward times, aren’t most of us? For those of you who didn’t watch the latest episode of Cold Feet, Adam’s Son Matt has got David and Karen’s Daughter Liv pregnant. Surely all the kids in series’s gone by were toddlers last time I looked, but that’s another issue. The upshot of this was that after much realistic deliberation, soul searching and changed minds, Liv decided to terminate the pregnancy. At this point, younger boy asked me, what does terminate mean? Is the baby ok? How are they having a baby, is it by S. E. X.? My answers were, no the baby will not be ok. yes that’s how they are having a baby and I then went on to explain why some pregnancies are terminated. Younger boy seemed to accept this although I’m not sure he completely understood.
Is honesty the best policy when kids ask tricky questions, in my case yes, cause I don’t have the imagination to fabricate lies.