Just BECAUSE doesnt cut it, apparently

We have been babysitting this afternoon.The flat was suddenly filled with the noise and energy of a particularly bouncy and amazing three-year-old, and, consequently, our bed was suddenly full of cat-shaped lumps, refusing to move even when cajoled and offered treats [And that mental image there was Catvent Calendar: Day 23, people. Because everything’s become really busy, suddenly. I’ll try and put them in hats to make up for it tomorrow].

So my afternoon has been filled with the question Whhhhy? – asked in that very inquisitive, very important tone that makes you feel bad if you dont fully commit yourself to at least TRYING to answer it properly. Of course, half way through the conversation, I discovered, the Why? turns into more of a listening noise than an earnest enquiry, and then it doesnt really matter what you say, apparently, because no ones listening to you anyway.

I can only imagine this is what you DO for entertainment when you are a parent. I know it would certainly be what I would do. It is certainly what I did today.

Oh, and play games involving taking all the coins out of a money box and putting them all back in again. Occasionally into the same money box, occasionally into the other one.

Whhhhhhhy?

Because the money mailbox is full.

Whhhhhhhy?

Because we filled the mailbox with coins. Now we have to put them in the money pig

Whhhhhhhy?

Because there is lots of room for more coins in the money pig, so well put them in there.

Whhhhhhhy?

So I can save up lots of coins

 

[a thinking pause]

 

Can I save lots of coi-ins?

Yes. But. Um. Can you stop putting all the coins in your pockets?

Whhhhhhhy?

Because they are heavy, and will pull your trousers down.

Whhhhhhhy?

Because you have elasticated trousers.

Whhhhhhhy?

Because they are easy to put on and take off

Whhhhhhhy?

Because you are three, and No! Wait! Why are you putting all my coins in your hoodie pockets now?!?

I will take them home, and I will save lots of pennies

 

[Wild West stand-off-like pause]

 

Right. Well, you CAN do that, but not with those pennies.

Whhhhhhhy?

Because they are my pennies

Whhhhhhhy?

Because they belong to me

Whhhhhhhy?

Because I earned them

Whhhhhhhy?

Because I went to work, and did some work, and they paid me those pennies

Whhhhhhhy?

Well Because they are on a tight budget.

Whhhhhhhy?

Because the newspaper industry is experiencing substantial economic difficulties

Whhhhhhhy?

Well, there are a number of possible explanations, although generally people blame the internet.

Whhhhhhhy?

Because the internet is a faster, more effective and consumer-led way of delivering the news

Whhhhhhhy?

Because there are lots of different sites that people can chose from, and lots of different points of view. While they might not have the depth or attention span of traditional dead wood media, you can offer a greater amount of material. Though you cant pay people as much for writing it as you did when there was only so much paper to fill

My pockets are FULL of COINS!

Yes. Well. You belong to the world of social media startups and the internet. This is a brilliant choice.

And then we went to play something else.

I think it was something to do with cars and monsters.