The butcher's underpants
The things children notice.
Adele Hamilton, Editor Parent24 (Tammy Gardner)
'Did you see the butcher's underpants?' asks Joel, aged 9.

Um, no, I did not notice the butcher's underpants. Apparently in the movie we saw, the butcher had special FBI underpants.

'That sort of thing doesn't matter much to me, my son.'

He tilts his head at me. Clearly being so unobservant is a disturbing symptom of being an adult, and he is wondering if it is contagious.

Finally he nods. 'Okay,' he says in a fake and irrelevant Scottish accent, 'but it does to me.'

Apart from the butcher's underpants, there are many things that matter to my sons that don't to me. Such as who sits in the front seat of the car; who has more brown Smarties; who gets to drink the last tiny bit of the juice straight out of the container.

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