Now that Tricky attends childcare right near the School Of Naughty Nephews we take it in turns with N and K to do the school/childcare run.
These short morning cartrips can be very amusing indeed, with all the songs and small boy jokes and Tricky doing the animal noises in Old MacDonald Had A Farm.
Hilarity can always be had, for instance by simply replacing innocent words in songs with Bum, Poo and Sausage.
Old MacDonald Had A Bum EIEIO And on that bum he had a ...sausage EIEIO
or perhaps the less well known:
Put a bum over here, and a bum over there,
put a bum in your ear and a bum in your hair!
And a lot of little bums in the air, Everywhere!
It's a bummy kind of day!
There are also long meaningful discussions about climate change and the history of the boy scout. NN2 is always a good source of information, this morning he talked candidly about the art of tea leaf divination which was only slightly less impressive when I realised his research into this area was limited to his Harry Potter reading.
Now and then if the questions become probing or personal we might gently steer the discussion onto respect or manners or more likely start another rousing chorus of Put a bum over here! and then suddenly there we are at the school.
C and I have got into the habit of both doing the dropoff together and then going for a coffee on the way home. Ostensibly this is meant to be couple-catch-up time but in reality it is couple-reading-the-paper-and-eating-chocolate-croissants-and-barely saying-two-words-to-each-other time which is sort of fine actually especially if we're having, say, a bummy kind of day.
After a few days of having their dad take them in, yesterday C told NN2 that we would take him and his little brother to school.
NN2 looked at C, puzzled. "Both of you?"
C affirmed that indeed yes both he and I would be doing the taking.
"But you don't need to both go," NN2 pointed out.
"Yes we do," said C mildly, "there needs to be two adults because we want to CONTROL you."
NN2 was in a particularly helpful mood.
"You don't need two people for that. You could just threaten us."