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The castle with the pointy bits

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I like to think my children are pretty literate. You could discuss some quite hifalutin topics with DD when she was two, and DS, while being slower to get there, is also showing the same tendencies. Which I’m happy about.

But there are times when he just doesn’t know the word for what he wants to say, so he tries ever so hard to describe it. An example would be: “Mummy? Mummy? Please can we get a … a … what are cats called when they’re really small?”


“That’s it! Yes, please can we get a kitten?” (The answer was no. Mean mummy!)

But he flummoxed me the other day when he asked if he could go to the “castle with pointy bits”.

I racked my brains. “Atlantis? Where Aquaventure is?”


“The Tower of London?” Who knows what they’ve been learning in school.

“No!” (Rise in pitch denoting increasing frustration).

“Darling, you’re going to have to help me a bit more here. I can’t think of a castle with pointy bits.”

“It’s here. On the way to the shops. That castle, you know, with the pointy bits? Can we go to it?”

Here? On the way to the shops? Oh good god, I have no idea what he’s talking about and, if I don’t decipher it in the next 20 seconds, he’s going to go into meltdown.

“Where on the way to the shops?”

Not our local mosque but the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. I can kind of see where he got "castle with the pointy bits" from

Not our local mosque but the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. I can kind of see where he got “castle with the pointy bits” from

“It’s by the car park. You know, the castle with the pointy bits. It goes ‘Allahu akbar!’” (he sings the call to prayer remarkably well). “S goes on Fridays?”

“Oh! The mosque! You want to go to the mosque?”

“Yes,” he says. “I want to see inside. Can we go? Please?”

Can he? Can I take him into our local mosque? I’m ashamed to say I have no idea.


Written by mrsdubai

April 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm

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  1. Absolutely you can take him! It would be a shame to have lived all his life in a Muslim country and never seen the inside of a mosque 😉


    April 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm

  2. If you want to really blow his mind (and yours) plan a trip to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, an absolute wonder. There is an interesting (free) tour by Emirati docents who will answer ANY question you have about pretty much anything and lots of space for little boys to run around 😉 Just be sure to dress ‘modestly’ ie long sleeves/pants or skirt otherwise they will give you a pretty terrible loaner abaya. Enjoy!


    April 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    • Yes, I’ve done that – but without the children… maybe when they’re a bit older xox


      April 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

  3. Children are pretty awesome. Bless them. Great Post:)

    Maha Khan

    April 30, 2013 at 1:42 am

  4. This is just hilarious! Gems that only kids can come up with!


    April 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm

  5. Not sure if you can go to a neighborhood mosque but the Grand Mosque in AD does free tours daily, it’s gorgeous and well worth the 45 minutes. 🙂

    Chelsea Wellington

    April 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    • Thank you – yes, it’s amazing, isn’t it? But I wonder if I can pop into a local mosque. Prob not ?


      April 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

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