Also, I've just recently started working 5 days per week - the first time I've done in since before Anna was born. (Ouch, it really hurts)! So I get home and make dinner, do homework with the kids, do housework, lunches for the next day, get them to bed and fall into a heap.
It's starting to sink into my body clock now, so tonight I let Anna choose a story. We read from Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales . You should really do this as an interesting exercize sometime. It'll make you re-think the 'evils of modern society', because you can see how violent and dark some of this "quaint", old-fashioned English writing was. Anna said, "Mum, this story is really kind of ... scary".
We were reading "The Tale of Samuel Whiskers", wherein young Tom Kitten is wrapped up in dough and butter by the main character and his cohort, the evil wrong-doing rat Anna Maria.
'Anna Maria,' said the old man rat (whose name was Samuel Whiskers), - 'Anna Maria, make me a kitten dumpling roly-poly pudding for my dinner.'
( Unfortunately she doesn't answer back with, "Make it yourself you lazy SOB")
And there we see the young Tom Kitten neatly tied up and put into a slab of dough with his little head poking out the top. I tried to humour my daughter, you know, with, "Hey, look at him now!" and invited her to snicker with me. She told me it was not funny.
"Aw come on, what if we wrapped Velvy up in dough?" I ventured. Velvy is our beloved black cat. Anna didn't find this amusing at all.
So next time you are looking for a cute little English tale, with quaintness oozing out of every syllable, don't go near Beatrix. I tell you, that woman had issues.