Thursday, 4 February 2010

"I don't think that's quite what you meant, darling".

Him Indoors will be going to Peru in a few days' time with the Vine Trust as part of a fact finding trip for church leaders to explore how their congregations might get involved in supporting the work there in the future. I'm sure I'll be mentioning more about it in due course.

Our own four children are at various stages in their understanding of the difference between our privileged lives in the UK and the difficulties of people in countries like Peru. But they are also at different stages in their understanding of the English language, apparently.

Penultimate Child, who is ten, and proud of knowing more about the facts of life than Youngest Child, who is nine, had obviously been listening carefully-ish to our friend June tell our congregation about the lives of street children in Peru and the dangers they face. She was talking to her sister and myself about daddy's forthcoming trip, and about Peru, when she suddenly dropped her voice to a conspiratorial whisper. "Mummy, is daddy going to Peru to try to stop girls becoming... *whispering even more quietly now*... PROTESTANTS?".