How To Say Things To Children part 34:
[It is 8:30am. Alice is playing with Lego on the living room carpet. I am rushing around trying to get things ready before leaving for school]
Alice, come on! It’s 8:30!
“I’m playing, Daddy”
No, you can’t play now. It’s time for school.
You’ll be late!
“One more minute…”
You’ve had plenty of minutes.
“One more sec…”
You’ve had plenty of secs.
[There is a beat of silence. I leave the room so that I can quietly mouth ‘AAARGH CHRIST NO NO NO NO NONONONONO. WRONG. UUUUGGGGHHHH NONONONO’, and to scrape the surface of my tongue furiously. She didn’t notice.]