Saturday, 13 October 2012

Explaining extradition to a child

We sit beside the pillar on the top stair of the building's entrance, my nephew, niece and me. Directly ahead of us, a few steps down, three individuals in orange jumpsuits, their backs to us. "Why do they have bags on their heads?" my nephew expectantly quizzes.

"They're pretending to be prisoners" my response, baiting him to continue. "Did they do something wrong?" he complies. We discuss how these are a different kind of prisoner - the exception to the rule - and who it is they represent: the Tooting two.

"These are the goodies" I tell him. He sits a moment taking it in - the thinker that he is - and then - making that sudden link kids always do - he asks of those who took them: "Like Loki?.. Are they like Loki?" I tilt my head and smile. Just the day before he had watched Avengers Assemble for the very first time.

3 comments:

adil said...

(Picture courtesy of bea: http://pinterest.com/triktrak)

T H said...

lol, innocent minds! Allah bless em! btw Ibn Tox broke his present...

adil said...

lol, not a problem at all: that's what kids do and that's what toys are for! But that does remind me, I need to write to the manufacturer/retailer and complain about the product. Wasn't robust at all. I bought one for Maryam/Ismail too and the head keeps getting separated from the jaw. It is possible to join them up when they separate but an unnecessary, unacceptable annoyance.