I just love the after-school banter. And now that the kids are into their third week of school, it is getting more and more intense and exciting by the day. It's full of intrigue, information and fascinating little tidbits. There's lots of Guess what Mum and Did you know Mum. It's delightful and exhausting all at once.
I remember reading somewhere that women speak about 5,000 words a day and men only 1,500 words a day. If that truly is the case, then I think it starts from age 7 and I think Miss Fancy must do a lot of listening at school in order to save her 5,000 words for the after-school banter. Today, for example we had:
Guess what Mum, my Teacher went to Africa in the holidays. Africa! She saw Zebras and Elephants and all that. Isn't that amazing? And mum, Millie is back! You know the one who lives on the horse farm and got the black toe that nearly fell off. And Mum, you'll never guess, there is a new girl who has hair even longer than me! And I got an invitation to Talia's Birthday. Remember I went to her Mermaid party when we used to live here. It's a swimming party, can I go? I can't wait! And did you know Mum, Oliver Mac is my twin because his birthday is on the exact same day as mine. Exactly the same day! Isn't that amazing? And can we pleeeease have a lunch order. My honey sandwich was soggy and disgusting. I hate soggy bread! Didn't you remember Dad bought Ham on the weekend.....And guess what? We can have show-and-tell every single day if we want! Oh Mum, everyone loves the photos of the trip you put on my books. I had to sit next to THAT boy again but he kept being annoying and so he got moved next to someone else but he annoyed them too so now he has his own special spot. My music teacher is the best Piano player in the world. Mrs So and So will be away for the whole day tomorrow because she is having a blood test. And on and on and on.................. And what did you do today boys? Did you play with your lego? You did? Oh that's cool! Wanna have a puppet show?
See? Exhausting and delightful at the same time. And that's just the bits I can remember. So this is how the Pianoman feels when he comes home in the evening and I unleash my 5,000 words onto him.
Blue Eyes, on the other hand, is a man of few(er) words. Not least because he can't get a word in edgeways.
I ask him, so how was your day Blue Eyes, learn anything exciting today?
Blue Eyes: Yes I did. We learnt that there is another word for make-up.
Me: That's awesome. What else?
Blue-Eyes: I met someone new today. He's going to be my best friend.
Me: That's great! And what's his name?
Blue-Eyes: Can't remember.