It’s hard to tell whether this is a Jersey thing, or an age thing – the children’s age, not mine.
The other day, Hannah, who’s just 7, was telling me what she’d been doing while playing outside with her friends.
These are friends who are available after school, rather than friends we’ve arranged for her to play with.
She said –
“Some big kids came past and started swearing at us. So we swore back at them…”
I raised my eyebrows and added a parental response –
“You should just walk away if people are nasty to you when you’re playing outside.”
She ignored my interjection and carried on –
“… we didn’t say anything really bad like c***. We just said the b word and the s word.”
Oh, my, god.
I’m hoping this will stand her in good stead for when she’s older, out on her own with friends and in need of a substantial dose of street-wisdom.
In the meantime, Blog Fodder is under strict instructions to impose a more rigorous after-school supervisory regime.