Ichabod is itchy

June 14, 2006

The old world is black and white

Filed under: reflections — by ichabodisitchy @ 11:24 pm

Every now and then Harry–my younger stepson–comes out with a 'Harry-ism' that opens a window into his perception of the world. I love the way that kids try to make sense of the world and think they have it all figured out. And sometimes I wish things were just the way Harry envisages them. Yesterday he was giving me career advice. Having watched me take a paid week off in between jobs (having not taken all my holiday entitlement), he thought he had found a cunning way of getting extra holiday time and told us that when he grows up he is going to move jobs every month– that way, he will only have to work every three out of four weeks but still get paid for the full month. How lovely. And then I shattered his illusions by explaining the term 'freelancer'.

But my favourite 'Harry-ism' was one he came out with a couple of years ago. And I didn't have the heart to disillusion him. We had just bought Drop Dead Fred on dvd and, inevitably, had watched it 100 times. On the way to school, Harry said "We're so lucky to have Drop Dead Fred on dvd aren't we?" "Yeeees" I replied. He went on to explain "I mean, in 15 years time, when it is only available in black and white, we'll still have it in colour". He had it all figured out– movies had a limited life span after which, they became 'old' and, therefore, only available in black and white.

I'm sure all kids must have these worldly insights. What's your favourite? 



  1. Glad you see you are around! You’ve been quiet for a couple of days so I hope all is well. Very busy with that peer review debate still…..
    I always feel bad on the topic of your post as I have heard so many of these from Cathy and Jenny, but although I kept meaning to, I didn’t keep them. If blogging had been invented then..
    But a nice anecdote, very sweet.
    Glad that England won earlier, atmosphere here still good as a result.
    All best

    Comment by Maxine — June 15, 2006 @ 8:10 pm |Reply

  2. This is a bit rude so you may want to delete as neccessary!

    ‘Mum, I ve got a willy haven’t I?’
    ‘Yes Small F, you’ve got a willy.’
    ‘And Big F, he’s got a willy too?’
    ‘And Dad, he’s got a willy hasn’t he?’
    ‘Yes he has.’
    ‘Why have you got a triangle then?’

    Comment by Minx — June 18, 2006 @ 6:49 pm |Reply

  3. tee hee.

    Comment by ichabodisitchy — June 18, 2006 @ 7:39 pm |Reply

  4. Finally, I’ve come up with one for you, Sian. My son saw a group of ruffians on the street, gathered around a sign that said “Food, not bombs”. His response, “They bomb homeless people?!”

    Comment by Susan — June 19, 2006 @ 1:30 am |Reply

  5. It does remind me of this expression my girls used when young “did they have “x” in the olden days when you were young, Mum? (where “x” could be anything from the internal combustion engine to electricity).

    Comment by Maxine — June 25, 2006 @ 9:16 pm |Reply

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