The Health Visitor came today, to check Astrid's hearing. Linnea and Emer told her how old they are, of course, and so she said "Oh so you're in school!" to Linnea. "No," said Linnea, unhelpfully.
"Of course you're not in school NOW," said the Health Visitor, "you're on holidays!"
"No," said Linnea, unhelpfully, and a little crossly.
"We're GIRLS," said Emer. She's working on a theory that boys have to go to school, because most of the boys we see most often do, but girls don't. It's a good theory, and very logical, but her premises are flawed.
I decided to rescue the poor HV. "They're home ed," I said, "and Emer has been thinking a lot about gender."
"Yes," said Emer. "I hab a bulba."
"A?" said the Health Visitor.
"A BULBA," Emer said. Well, shouted. Clearly and distinctly. "Astrid hab a bulba TOO."
I translated; "A vulva."
"And THAT's why we're GIRLS," said Emer, triumphantly.
She started listing everyone who has a bulba. Emer, Linnea, Astrid.
The Health Visitor recovered from the shock and joined in, somewhere between willingly and desperately. "And Mummy!" she said. "Mummy has one too and she's a girl!"
"No!" said Emer. "Mummy's a WOMAN."
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