Julian asks about Charity
"Mum, whats Charity?"
"Its when rich people give money to poor people"
"Mum, are we rich?"
"No darling, we're not rich, but we're not poor either, we're just about right"
Hope this doesn't get out of hand, had a bottle of red wine last night and my brains not functioning proparly. gave him rice crispies this morning so fingers crossed.
"Are there lots of poor people around?"
"Yes, darling there are, its a shame but its just the way the world is"
Good answer, not too much detail given, he's got nowhere to go now.
"Why are they so poor"
"Well, they are people that don't have much money so can't afford to buy things like we do"
"Are they very unhappy?"
Oh no, not good, don't want him to get depressed before he goes to school.
"No darling, they are very happy people, they just don't have much money thats all"
"If we had no money would we be happy?"
Damn, thats not good, Think quickly.
"We may not be very happy, but we all love each other and thats the main thing"
"So no one loves the poor people then?"
"Of course they do, everyone loves the poor people"
"But no one gives them any money, so they don't love them really?"
No more rice-crispies, tommorow I'll try weetabix, thats natural isn't it, must be good for him?
"Just because we don't give them money doesn't mean we don't love them, I don't give you money all the time but I still love you"
Kerr-ching! Fabulous answer.
"Can we give them some money?"
"Yes we can darling, I'll talk to Daddy tonight and see what we can do, hows that?"
"Good cos it won't cost a lot"
"Why's that darling?"
"Cos on the tele just now they said that if I gave two pounds to them no more poor people would die in Africa anymore"
Ah, not sure where to go with this now.
"Ok time to finish breakfast and get ready for school, we'll send the happy African people two pounds tonight!"