Can I Have a Banana?

big fruit bowl

My head throbbed, and I felt like banging it against the wall.  But instead, I put it into my pillow.  Nasty, nasty headache.  I was trying to parent from my bed this particular afternoon, at least until the medication kicked in.

“Mum, can I have a banana?”   My 9-year-old daughter appeared at my bedside sometime later.  I think it was her dimpled smile that gave me the sudden lift.

“Give me the banana,” I said with a sparkle in my eye.

She hesitated.

“Just give it to me.”  I smiled then.

I put the banana up to my ear.

“Yep, yep.  Yes, she’s here.”  I looked up at my daughter.  “Yes, her dimple is still there I think.”

I paused, and put my hand on the banana where the mouthpiece would be on a phone.

“Smile for me. I just need to check.” I directed this at my daughter.

She was already smiling but then I saw her teeth.


“Yep, the dimple is still there. Yep…”  I nodded.  “Yes, yes…right.”

I handed the banana back to my daughter and said, “Yes, it’s okay, you may have a banana.”

Sometimes you need to slice into a yuk afternoon with a bit of craziness. Yes?

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    You seem to have a gift for unlimited patience. Something I know I’m not likely to ever possess. I probably would’ve just beaten myself over the head with the banana, hoping to knock myself out. Well done.

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