The 9pm post

FleaSometimes, life is a bit rubbish. Sometimes, people let you down, or luck just doesn't go your way. It's almost enough to get a girl down.

Except there's no day so black that Flea can't still make me laugh. So thank goodness for children and their absolute refusal to take you seriously.

Flea came home today from a visit with my folks, and I said, "Mummy had a bit of a tough day today, with lots of work. Can I have a hug?"

Flea immediately wrapped her little arms round me and squeezed. She felt warm and was tired and floppy after a long day of playing with her cousins. Bless. She turned her head so her mouth was next to my ear. "Mummy," she whispered. "I had an iced lolly today. Except it was in a tub and made of little bits. If I see one another day, you can buy it for me."

Ah, kids. Always know just what to say to remind you of what's REALLY important, don't they? So here, for my entertainment and yours, are my favourite 10 things that Flea has said this week:

  1. “Can we have beans on toast for lunch? I don’t like beans, so can I just have toast? With marmite on it? And some grapes and cheese on the side?”
  2. “I am not too keen on it when you say no.” 
  3. “I have a hungry spot in my tummy right here. I think it’s shaped like a biscuit.”
  4. “Do you know where we're going tomorrow? It starts with a 'l'. Shall I give you a clue? It's Legoland.” 
  5. “Mummy, did you read that story in your tired voice?”
  6. “I already brushed my teeth yesterday.”
  7. “I’m going to say something in a minute, and it’s going to be SO cool. Hey, stop laughing at me.” 
  8. “Watch this. I’m going to do a trick. It’s called – falling over.”
  9. “Look, I drew a monkey. No, wait a minute, it’s a house.”
  10. “Mummy doesn’t want a bloody ironing board.” 


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Insomniac Mummy
    27th October 2009 / 9:17 pm

    You’ve gotta love these little people. hey say the best things.

  2. 27th October 2009 / 9:20 pm

    Mine do the same to me. Just lovely.

  3. 27th October 2009 / 9:25 pm

    Number 3 is my favourite. I have one of those right now but never before heard it expressed in such eloquent terms.
    Flea totally rocks. It is official. Can I borrow her on my next bad day? Kai just says “yeah yeah” and it’s getting old…

  4. 27th October 2009 / 9:25 pm

    Kids are just great at cheering us up with their clever observations and saying-it-as it-is. My daughter (aged 6) suggested to me the other day that I had an early night!

  5. 27th October 2009 / 9:33 pm

    I love them all but the one about the ironing board made me snort out loud. She’s great.

  6. 27th October 2009 / 9:36 pm

    She is a little genius 🙂
    A hug from our babies can cure anything.

  7. Liz (LivingwithKids)
    27th October 2009 / 9:38 pm

    So sweet Sally – makes your heart sing, as my mother-in-law always says.

  8. 27th October 2009 / 10:19 pm

    So lovely. I guess you can put up with anything when you have amazing children (even nasty stuff at 4am – sending a belated hug).
    Today P said ‘uke’ and ‘sound hole’ and C said ‘hole’ and ‘baaaaaaaa’ and they both laughed at their own, and each other’s, farts x

  9. 28th October 2009 / 12:31 am

    Gorgeous post! Thank God for the irrepressible precociousness of our lovely kids. Flea sounds a right little character. Possibly a chip off the old block? 😉

  10. 28th October 2009 / 12:58 am

    Beautiful. Thank you. My son has “slots” in his stomach and no matter how ‘full’ he is at dinner, his dessert slot is always empty 🙂 makes me laugh every night no matter how much effort has gone into main course.

  11. Peggy
    28th October 2009 / 2:17 pm

    That’s so sweet! I love children… who are not mine… Yes having one of these days!

  12. 28th October 2009 / 5:23 pm

    Children have a way of putting things into perspective adn that really made me smile!

  13. 28th October 2009 / 6:00 pm

    Children are the best aren’t they? Glad she brightened your day!

  14. Stefanie
    28th October 2009 / 7:44 pm

    Brilliant, that’s cheered me up no end! I love no. 2 🙂

  15. 28th October 2009 / 8:46 pm

    she sounds so funny. it’s good to write them down as we forget so easily. parenting is a rollercoaster ride, but kids are our best levellers.

  16. leslieanne
    28th October 2009 / 10:07 pm

    I was going to say ‘number — is my favourite’ – but I can’t pick.
    I’m stealing number three though – and substituting biscuit with big glass of wine.

  17. 29th October 2009 / 1:37 pm

    I love number 3. I wouldn’t put it past my daughter to come out with something like that.

  18. Aly
    1st November 2009 / 9:10 am

    That made me smile.Kids do come out with great stuff and honest too.

  19. 1st November 2009 / 9:06 pm

    Thanks everyone for commenting – it’s great that kids can cheer you up with one ridiculous comment, isn’t it?
    And @Sandy – those are some *classy* boys, right there.

  20. 2nd November 2009 / 6:49 pm

    Those are hilarious. I was about to blog with ONE comment my 5 year old made, and here you are with a list of TEN!

  21. Marina
    5th November 2009 / 10:27 am

    Similiar to your number 6:
    Constant reply by my 2-year old daughter Maia when I mention I have to wash her hair: “Daddy washed it yesterday morning”.

  22. 6th November 2009 / 2:19 pm

    I love this! Have just packed my three off to my mum for the weekend and am sitting here missing them and sniggering at L asking me this morning to “wipe the grump away with a wipe”. Aren’t they fab?!