Dinosaurs, mammals, & giant earwigs; Summer holiday breakfast conversation

>> Monday, 2 July 2012

Over breakfast this morning, I discussed the following with my sons:


  • Which is the tallest animal
  • Which was the tallest animal ever
  • The difference that using the present tense of 'to be' makes vs using the past (i.e; 'which is the tallest animal', 'which was the tallest animal ever')
  • Whether a terror bird is a mammal
  • The difference between the word 'animal' and 'mammal'
  • Who would win, in a fight between a terror bird and a giraffe
  • How long a prehistoric artheraplura* (sic) really was
  • Whether it's stretching from one end of the house to the other was likely
  • Just how far that actually is
  • Why we were not going to measure the length of the house during breakfast
  • The exact length of Boy #2's stuffed crocodile (43cm, in case you were wondering)
  • Whether a baby artheraplura could fit into Boy #2's glass for a drink of water
  • Whether an elephant or a triceratops would win in a fight
  • A return to the 'is' and 'was' conversation
  • Whether an elephant or a giraffe would win in a fight
  • The difference between 'tallest' and 'biggest'
  • Who was going to put their plates into the dishwasher
  • Why that wasn't a question, rather a command
  • Why, in this instance, the words 'plate' and 'bowl' meant the same thing
  • Why they still had to go into the dishwasher, whatever they were called
  • Why mummy needed just a few moments of calm before we head off to the supermarket.


Ah, the summer holidays...


*Basically, a 6ft long earwig/woodlouse.  I know - the thought gives me nightmares, too.

10 comments:

The Milkshake Mummy 2 July 2012 at 07:10  

Really lovely post. Love the fact that you talk to him do much! Excellent imagination too.

Irene 2 July 2012 at 14:20  

You sure must be on your toes to have all that information handy. I hope you had a cup of coffee first.

nappy valley girl 2 July 2012 at 15:40  

Yup, sounds like many dinner conversations here. Especially the bit about which dinosaurs would win a fight. This morning, as I was trying in vain to put suncream on them for camp, I was asked whether mosquitoes bite other insects and suck their blood. I had to admit complete ignorance.

Family Affairs 2 July 2012 at 23:18  

Blimey - that is enough brain fodder to make you want to go back to bed!! Lx

Iota 3 July 2012 at 12:21  

So are you entering Mastermind soon? (Does Mastermind exist any more, actually?)

It is one of the over-looked qualities of motherhood - the ability to discuss anything, anywhere, in depth, (while clearing up the house at the same time).

Melissa 3 July 2012 at 19:50  

That sounds sooo much like the conversations in our house it's scary. Although I have been hit with 'why is there time' before 7.30 in the morning. I didn't have a witty retort just then

Potty Mummy 4 July 2012 at 18:08  

MM - unfortunately not talking to them never seems to be an option!

Irene - tea. But yes, I had some...

NVG, have you googled the answer yet?

FA, it is - if only!

Iota, Perhaps there should be a special mastermind for mums?

Melissa, 'why is there time'? Oh good god. I have NO idea how I would answer that one.

Melissa 4 July 2012 at 21:34  

Potty I have actually had some time to think about this and shall share my deep thoughts with you so that should the q ever come up, you're ready. My theory is this. Because of the big bang, all matter got thrust out and as a result was travelling outwards. And that outward travel away from the centre of where the bang happened resulted in the creation of time. Now pass me some dope so that I can sound even more yar fully heyshoowow

Potty Mummy 7 July 2012 at 07:40  

Melissa. Now my head hurts...

Sarah Miles 7 July 2012 at 08:06  

That's a lot of questions over breakfast! I am just about able to scrape together some weetabix for them and grunt answers to 'Is it school today?' 'Is it the weekend?' 'Is it movie night?' (my son - not a keen school-goer!)

ps earwig thing sounds horrendous!

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