The bare facts

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - All in a Day’s Work - SUB­MIT­TED BY WENDY HIGLET

When my son was about four years old, he was hav­ing speech ther­apy be­cause the only con­so­nants he could pro­nounce were M, N, D and B. One day he was poorly and I had to take him to the doc­tor.

Sit­ting in with Dr Browne, lit­tle Adrian said loudly, “Man no dair.” I un­der­stood him im­me­di­ately, but pur­posely chose to ig­nore him.

Again, a lit­tle louder, “Mum, man no dair.”

I car­ried on talk­ing to the doc­tor, hop­ing my dear son would shut up if I kept ig­nor­ing him. No chance!

The doc­tor then asked, “What’s that he’s say­ing?” In re­ply, Adrian shouted out, “Mum! Man bald!” I felt my face get­ting red­der, but for­tu­nately Dr Browne saw the funny side of it.

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