Penelope was annoyed. Her father was continually glued to the television set watching World Cup matches.
'Will I ever get my father back?' she asked her mother.
'Of course, darling. The World Cup will be over sooner than you think and Daddy will return.'
'It is so boring. I saw a bit yesterday. Watching paint dry is more exciting'.
'I quite agree. But men have this obsession and we have to live with it.'
'Mummy, what is a "bun in the oven"?'
'That is when someone is pregnant. The little developing foetus is compared to a bun and the oven is the mother's womb'.
'I don't remember any of that.'
'No. Your brain hasn't developed enough at that time for you to remember things.'
'My Maths teacher says I have something missing in my brain'.
'That's not quite the same. He means your memory isn't very good when it comes to Maths'.
'He's right there. But I loathe maths so it is hard to remember things like equations and other things.'
'Yes, I had trouble with Maths at school. But it can be useful in later life. You should keep going at it.'
'Is Daddy good at Maths?'
'Yes. He has to be with his job.'
'So accounants have to be good at Maths do they?'
'That's one less job for me then. My Art teacher says I could go a long way as an artist.'
'That's wonderful, but you can't usually earn much money that way.'
'You can if you do cartoons and traffic design.'
'No that's graphic design, Darling. But you are right, you can apply your artistic talent in a more commercial way.'
'Were you any good at Art Mummy?'
'Not bad. But not up to your standard.'
'Did you have many boy friends before you met Daddy?'
'On or two, but that's my business. I'll tell you one day'
'But you fell in love with Daddy, I suppose.'
'Yes. We loved each other.'
'Do you still love each other?'
'Yes. But not so passionately now.'
'That's pretty good going. Lots of my friends have parents who have broken up.'
'It lasts longer with some than other.'
'Like ice cream.'