Overheard in the Year 3 playground
For those unsure, I’m talking about 7/8-year-olds. My mum, out from England, was with me. While I would have thought this was quite an average conversation for Dubai’s Year 3 girls, mum couldn’t believe her ears, so here it is:
Girl 1: “So you’ re going in a stretch limo for your birthday?”
Girl 2: “Yeah…”
Girl 1: “How long is the limo?”
Girl 2: “From here to here.” [Runs about 10 metres.]
Girl 1: “Oh that’s nothing. My brother’s? He had it when he turned five? Was like this long!” [runs about 20 metres.]
[New girl enters playground stage left.] “Oh, I’ve been in a stretch limo, like, three times. I’m so over limos now. They’re so bo-ring. Stretch limos are for babies.”
Girl 2: “But were they pink? Mine’s going to be pink.”
Another girl runs up.
Girl 2: “Oh hi X.” Turns to me. “X is just back from London. She went there for the weekend.”
Me: “For the weekend?”
Miss X: “Yeah. I went to see 1 Direction live.” [she tries really hard to say it casually but I can see she loved it.]
“Wow.” [I’m impressed. I mean, seriously, that is one jet-setting 8-year-old.] “Was it good?”
Miss X: “Yeah. I guess.” [Shrugs.] “I got all their signatures and everything. Yeah, good weekend, I s’pose.”
So I listen to this and I wonder: What on earth will they be like when they’re 16?