We were talking about what it means to be a parent. Out of my 18 students this month there are 2 Engineers, 3 Doctors, a Journalist, a Business Analyst, an Accountant and about 9 students or soon-to-be-students.
Out of all of them, only 3 are parents. So I expressed my concern and doubt at my own parenting potential-slash-skills.
"I just don't think I'm cut out for it", I told them. They all tut-tutted and in their own respective ways, tried to reassure me that I'd be just fine. "I really don't think so guys", I continued.
The ramblings continued and then Ana-Lidia told me that once her two year old son told her over the telephone "I love you Mummy and I miss you". To which Ana-Lidia responded (much to her own surprise) "Why?". The two year old was silent for a moment before replying with a perplexed "I don't know".
We all laughed.
And then I proceeded to tell Ana-Lidia and the class that I'm sure if I had a two year old son who told me "I love you Mummy and I miss you", I'd probably respond with:
"Look here my boy, you're a Liar. But don't worry, it's not your fault because you are genetically programmed to fib your way through life and I love you anyway. And Mummy will fix it by beating that Pathology out of you and I'll make it all right again".
We laughed again for quite some time, before I added: "And then I'll get a pair of handcuffs and every time I go shopping, I'll cuff him to the bicycle rack outside the shop and say 'Wait here, I'm just going in to buy a couple of things'..."
At this point, everyone's faces looked like this...
...which prompted uncontrollable laughter from me. Their reactions eased from shock into nervous laughter before I said "DO YOU HONESTLY THINK I'D DO THAT?!?". And a much more relaxed "Nooo" echoed through the class.
My abilities or lack thereof still remain questionable.