Di­ary Of A Bad Dad

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

Do you know Elmer the elephant? He’s a colour­ful patch­work pachy­derm and the star of sev­eral charm­ing chil­dren’s books. He’s also Tod­dler­na­tor the Ter­ri­ble’s favourite. It’s some­how apt that an elephant is his favourite char­ac­ter as ev­ery time he’s left alone in a room for a few min­utes it ends up look­ing like a herd of elephants have been spooked.

T the T is not as ver­bose as his big sis was but he’s got sev­eral favourite phrases – most of which are quite firm in­struc­tions as in ‘sit down’, ‘wait a minute’ and the phrase I’m com­ing to dread ‘read Elmer’.

I love read­ing with him but I’m a grown man and af­ter a hard day at work and two hours of Elmer the bloody elephant, I can feel my brain start­ing to drip out of my ears.

T the T is very po­lite and if you do as he asks he al­ways says ‘fank ooo’. But if I at­tempt to put the elephant in the room away it’s met with an in­dig­nant cry of ‘no way’.

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