The Littlest Surrealist

As I walked out of school on Friday with Flea, we played our traditional game of 'you’re a weirdo'. 

It's a mature, sophisticated game that involves us saying, "You're a weirdo" and "No, YOU'RE a weirdo," at one another, in increasingly stupid voices.

One of Flea's teachers overheard us, and started to disagree. She got as far as, "Oh no, F…" then stopped and said: "Have a lovely weekend!"

I suspect the teacher realised the truth: Flea is weird. Not in a bad way – just in the way that many four-year-olds are weird. As proof, here are five things my daughter said on the way home on Friday:

“How cool would it be if we lived in a streetlamp? You could climb up that cylinder bit, and we could swing from one lamp to another lamp, like monkeys. That would be so cool.”

“When food goes in your tummy, does it come to life?”

“Why don’t fishes wear masks and flippers? Is there a lifeboat in case they can’t swim?”

“When there’s an earthquake, does the world change colour?”

“Do you think robots like it when children paint them?”

Like I said, weird.


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. 28th February 2010 / 9:20 am

    Bloody love it! Write them all down from now on. This has the makings of the ‘Little Book of Flea’ It could outsell the ‘Little Book of Calm’ in a heartbeat.

  2. 28th February 2010 / 2:02 pm

    yup, a couple of wierdos if ever I heard them! 😉

  3. Manda - Flying Start Mag
    28th February 2010 / 9:22 pm

    I agree with The Mad House – If you ever want a ‘Little Book of Fle’ column in Flying Start Magazine, ( I’d print some of them for you! They are soooo cute! Get a collection!
    Poke her to make her say more!!!

  4. 1st March 2010 / 9:45 am

    I often start a post with the weird questions my 4 year old asks and then delete them in case people think we’re too weird. Very refreshing to hear we’re not the only ones!

  5. 2nd March 2010 / 1:51 pm

    I love it! Very funny. Sounds so much like my 5-year-old who is weird too but also in a good way.

  6. angelsandurchinsblog
    2nd March 2010 / 7:39 pm

    Those surreal comments are one of the best things about being a parent. I feel my mind becomes less rigid, and more open to the wonders to be seen even in our tiny garden, whenever I hear them. Today’s favourite: ‘I think if you are French you live in the sea’.