Polly went to the post office the other day. The boys were with her. She reports the following conversation.
It's a poster advertising insurance.
If you buy something valuable like a car or a television you can pay a little bit of money to insure against it being damaged. If it gets broken the insurance company gives you money to buy a new one.
Wow. So if I break the telly they'll give us money for a new one.
Er. . . Well, if you did it accidentally.
What else can be insured?
Just about anything. Houses, boats, people.
People? Like you and daddy?
Well like me. They won't insure daddy.
So, you're insured?
Yes. If I die daddy will be a very rich man.
So if you suddenly die daddy gets lots of money. Cool.
Well yes. But I'd be dead so you would be sad. Wouldn't you?
Yes but dad would be rich. He could marry again.
Who would he marry?
He'd be rich. He could marry any one.. . Kylie Minogue* probably.
Or Catherine Tate**
* For the sake of our American and other non-British readers – Kylie Minogue = Petite Australian Pop Princess
** Catherine Tate = British Comedienne\Actor beloved of M because she stars as Donna, Dr Who's assistant.