Julian asks about Firemen
"Mum, when I grow up I'm going to be a Fireman"
Here we go, seconds out, round one.
"Thats nice Darling but they are now called Firefighters"
Shit, he may win this round.
"Well, because ladies can be Firemen as well"
That didn't come out well.
"Ladies can be Firemen?"
"Yes of course they can"
"Why aren't they called Fireladies then?"
Sod it, lost round one already, still not done yet, not this morning. Only gave him plain old cornflakes today, not even any sugar on them.
"Well so that we don't have to call them by different names like Firemen or Fireladies, it was decided to call them all FIREFIGHTERS"
Good answer, round two to me I think.
"Who decided to call them Firefighters?"
"Er, the Prime Minister"
Shit, why did I say that.
"The Prime Minister?"
"Er, yes I think so"
"But what about Fireman Sam?"
"What about him?"
"He's not called Firefighter Sam is he, he's called Fireman Sam"
He's won round two by a country mile!
"No darling because FIREMAN SAM is a special FIREMAN so he's allowed to be called FIREMAN SAM"
Think I'm getting ahead in round three.
"Why is he special?"
"He just is, eat your breakfast!"
Ok, keep calm, change the subject, catch him off guard.
"Why do you want to be a Firefighter?"
Thats it, let him answer the bloody questions.
"Because they earn lots of money and are never late for tea"
"Why do you say that?"
"Cos when I was in the car with Dad yesterday, a Fire Engine was behind us and we all had to get out of his way and Dad told me"
"What did he tell you?"
"Bloody Firemen, they're all earning loads of money cos they've got two jobs and they've only put the sirens on so they're not late for their tea!"
He's won by a knockout!, I'll kill your bloody father.
"Eat your breakfast or you'll be late for School"