Pancake day – conversations with a nine year old

“I really hope we make pancakes at school today,” said Belle as we walked to school this morning.

“We did already make pancakes though,” I pointed out, “I was up early making the batter remember?”*

“Yes, but I didn’t do any of the making. You did the batter, and you cooked them, and you even put the fillings in.”

“You did the chewing though,” I said, “and that’s one of the most crucial bits.”

“It’s not really making though is it?” argued Belle. “If anything I unmade them.”

Fair point. We walked along for a bit in chummy silence.

“Mummy,” says Belle, (why do they do that? I was the only person there, and we were already having a conversation), “are you giving anything up for lent?”

“No,” I said, “I don’t believe in God. Are you?”

“Yes, I was going to give up wearing my watch in bed.”

Hmmm… I’m not sure she was really grasping the whole concept. “I think the idea is to deprive yourself of something isn’t it?”

“I know. I really like wearing my watch in bed.”

Can’t argue with that can you?

*Yes, you did read that right, I got up early to make pancake batter. Not my usual parenting style but you have to make the effort now and again.



  1. 21 February, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    Hilarious! Thank you for a great read and that cocktail photo had me drooling far more than any pancakes!

  2. 21 February, 2012 / 3:04 pm

    Super parenting with the pancakes before school.

    I fair fancy a mojito or two now instead though!

  3. 21 February, 2012 / 3:36 pm

    The logic of our children only makes us adults look ridiculous!

    Terrific post!

  4. 21 February, 2012 / 3:56 pm

    Classic! These are the things that should be blogged and I need to remember more of that.

  5. honeybee35
    21 February, 2012 / 4:21 pm

    I had a go at the whole pancakes-for-breakfast today as well with my little boy…however, anticipating the almighty mess he was likely to enjoy making if we’d made them from scratch, I went for the pancake mix that comes in a bottle and you just add milk and give it a real good shake!

    It was actually really quite funny watching him shake-away-like-a-loony – the more I told him to shake, the more vigorous and animated he became!

    It was definitely more fun for him this way – and I didn’t have the bother of all the extra mess and washing up!

  6. 21 February, 2012 / 4:46 pm

    i can’t wait to have these conversations :)

  7. 21 February, 2012 / 7:28 pm

    well said the boy and me, its what blogging is all about. and love the conversation, I have to wonder why not have pancakes for tea?

  8. 21 February, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    I think StayAtHomeTate said it best. It is posts like that, from the mouths of great philosophers, like Belle, that make me want be a better writer…or make pancakes.

  9. 28 February, 2012 / 11:58 am

    Ha ha bless. I didn’t even make pancakes this year. I got the ready made ones. does that make me a bad person? Porbably : )

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