July 4, 2012
We have crocodiles living in the creek that runs down beside our house. They live in the creek and the storm water drain, and they will eat anyone that gets too close.
There’s also a Big Bad Wolf that roams through the park.
Okay, it might be a little bit of a white lie, but Paddy believes every single word of it. I don’t know where he got the idea of the Big (Bid) Bad Wolf, but I always tell my kids that crocodiles (or Twotidiles, as Paddy calls them) live in the creeks and the drains. And so my kids don’t go anywhere near them. Who needs fencing when the fear of being eaten by a Twotidile will prevent any child from getting too close to the water?
This afternoon, after a big day out at DreamWorld, the kids wanted to go for a quick ride through the park (goodness knows where they get the energy). Halfway through our ride (or scooter, in his case), Paddy stopped in his tracks.
“Ssshhhh, do you hear that, Mum?”
“No Paddy, what do you hear?”
“It’s the Bid Bad Wolf”
“Well then, let’s get moving quickly as it’s starting to get dark. Come on, we’ll take the shortcut.”
“No Mum, the Twotidiles are down there!”
“It’s okay Paddy, the Big Bad Wolf likes crocodiles. He’ll eat them all up!’
LOL! The things we say to our kids to encourage them to use their imagination. I just hope he doesn’t grow up with psychological issues about wolves living in the parks and crocodiles inhabiting the storm water drains. Hopefully I haven’t scarred him for life.