What 3 year olds (and grown men) really mean.

When children first learn to speak they are very honest.

Dog! Cow! Man! Fat Man! Fat Man! Look Mummy Fat Man!

By the time they hit three they are already learning the dramatic art of subtext. In our humdrum daily lives simple words often have a deeper, richer meaning. Like this:

Mummy I haven’t broken your umbrella.

Subtext: Your umbrella is broken. Exactly how or why this happened cannot be ascertained at this moment but is probably linked to a three year old waving the umbrella about like a magic wand. Oh and the vase in the living room, that’s broken too.