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Timescale according to a five year old – Part 2


“I like eating rice, Mummy, just like Chinese people. Don’t I?”

“Yes, Darling.”

“You know, Mummy, we could go to China.”

“Maybe one day. That would be fun.”

“Let’s go tomorrow!”




Knowing how much she loves birthdays I said, “Did you know it’s the Queen’s birthday today!”

Sophie, eating her Cheerios, “Wow!I did NOT know THAT! What’s her name?”

“Her name is Elizabeth.”

“How old is she?”

“She’s really old. She’s ninety!”

She gasps, “That really IS old!”

Trying to educate her a bit more I say, “And, you know, she’s been Queen of England longer than anybody else ever has!”

She continues munching on her cereal clearly with her mind on something else, “Mummy, if she’s ninety that means she’s nearly one hundred.”

“I suppose so, yes.”

“So, that means she’s nearly dead.”





“Mummy, do you remember last week when we went on our holiday to France.”

“Yes, I remember our holiday to France. It was last summer, Darling. Nearly a year ago!”

“That’s what I said. Last summer!”


“Mummy, have you been to Australia?”

“No, I haven’t. I’d really like to go, though.”

“So would I.”

“You know it’s really far away. You have to go on an aeroplane and it can take a whole day to get there!”

“Wow! Let’s take our caravan!”


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