Can I Have a Banana?

December 31, 2012

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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AlanaNo Gravatar December 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm

YES! let the craziness flow!


Chris EastvedtNo Gravatar August 1, 2013 at 7:38 am

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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