“Have you stopped writing limericks Mummy? It’s been AGES since you did one!”
My seven-year-old was sort of right. I hadn’t written one for him or his brother since November. I did post a couple of limericks just before Christmas but I didn’t show them to my boys for fear it would ruin their image of Father Christmas!
Anyway, the answer to his question was “Of COURSE I still write limericks! What would you like me to write one about?”
His answer? “A pheasant.”. Here goes:
One Christmas, an unlucky pheasant
Was ill with a cold quite unpleasant
He coughed and he wheezed
Then explosively SNEEZED
Spraying globules of snot on his present.
My sons’ verdicts?
Five-year-old: “That’s disgustuling.” (Bonus points for new word.)
Seven-year-old: “D’you know that’s actually quite gross?”
They’re right of course, but then I never aim for high-brow when writing for kids. Perhaps I should next time?