Hello everyone, and apologies for not blogging for well over a week, but nothing of note has really happened...until today...
My Son and I often have deep and interesting conversations on the mind (and leg)-numbing walk to school each day. Today, out of nowhere, he decided to tell me how he would put the world to rights, should he be in charge. It was one of those occasions when you really wish you had a pen & paper handy, because what your child said was so profound or funny (or both). So don't expect me to remember all of his nuggets of wisdom, but here goes with the ones I can remember, anyway. Oh by the way, I definitely think My Son comes from the Jeremy Clarkson school of blunt speaking!!
If I ruled the world.....
Prisoners would have satellite tv and playstations removed from prisons, and instead would have a bare cell with only a chair and a hard bench to sleep on.
People who let their dogs crap all over the pavement would get an automatic 10 day jail sentence.
Racism would be punishable by a 10 year jail sentence.
Workmen would be prevented from leaving big messes like roads half-dug up for weeks, with nothing noticeable happening to them.
He would invent a solar-powered water system which would water the crops and give people enough drinking water in hot African countries.
If someone in one of these countries died, we would remove their family to a better country and help them start a new life.
Solve world pollution. How, he isn't currently sure.
We should remove all of our soldiers from Afghanistan.
Then drop a big bomb on Afghanistan.
All households would be given £10 per week "to help with their shopping and bills". (When I questioned whether this would be enough, he kindly upped it to £20).
I have asked my son to remind me of what else he thought of this morning, but we can't think of any more for now. I like (at the same time as I don't like), how childhood innocence about solving world poverty and pollution is mixed with things like removing our troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. Definitely very thought-provoking. Especially from a 9 year old.....