Today was a day like no other. Our days always start in a mad way but this morning was that little bit more hectic than usual. I was going on a school trip to London with Beanie and everyone would have to be ready and where they were meant to be a lot earlier than usual. It was worth the hassle though, as I was going to be spending the day with my girl and her friends, playing tourist in London and listening to the funny things children say to each other.
I got stuck in traffic taking my youngest two to preschool, forgot my coat at home, missed most of the session for the adults going on the trip, but soon enough, 3 packed coaches were on the way to Central London, to the cheerful sound of ‘The Wheels on the Bus!’
As the coach was crossing Waterloo Bridge and all the sights started appearing as by magic, I got goose bumps as every single child on the coach cheerfully chanted: “The London Eye,” “Wow, look at that!” and just made little noises that resonated happiness and genuine glee. Nothing in this world beats the sound of children’s raw, genuine excitement.
My favourite thing about the day was not the beautiful weather (although it helped with the fact I had no coat!), the scenic views or the awe on the children’s faces. My favourite thing was listening to the weird and funny things children say when they don’t realise you’re there. It was so much fun to shut out the background noise and just focus on children’s conversations. All the way to our destination, I was listening, a smile on my face.
Here are a few random things I overheard today:
Before we even turned our first corner, a girl asked, “Are we at London already?”
A boy: “What does a tornado look like?”
His friend: “I don’t even know what a tornado is.” (end of conversation. They moved on to trains.)
A girl, to her friend: “Ewww, I saw your tonsils.”
As a child was given the sick bucket on the coach, another one declared, “He’s not gonna die!”
“One day my baby brother standed up when the coach was moving and he falled off and he had a big red spot on his head.”
Another girl: “Look, it’s Big Ben.”
Child sitting next to her: “It’s a church.” (It was a small church.)
A boy: “Big Ben is 100 years old. Even the Shard is 101 years old. Buckingham Palace is 100 years old. Are we there yet? I’m hungry.”
“The shard is too small. It needs to eat more vegetables so it can grow taller. It has to eat broccoli, and peas, and tomatoes, and carrots, and broccoli.”
“I want to live in the London Eye.”
A girl: “Children don’t go to school in London.”
Gosh I love children! What’s the funniest thing you’ve overheard children say?