“Come on, Fainjin!” I said, “It’s time to get in the car!”
“Just a minute Mum,” he didn’t even look up, “I just need to get my things.”
I saw a plastic toy picnic set knife disappear into his backpack, next to some books. Then a toy tiger. His purple teddy bear was squished into the main compartment. I didn’t really want to ask why he needed a knife…
He was struggling to do up the zips, unsurprisingly given how many toys and books he had crammed into the bag. He wrestled with them for a while, then defying my expectations, succeeded! With a satisfied grin, he swung the bag onto his back and headed for the door.
“Got everything?” I asked.
“Yup. Got the tiger, and the ABC book I can read all by myself, and some other stuff… Bye, Mum!”
I smiled as my intrepid explorer set off for the day.
Wait, he can read a book all by himself?!
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