Now and then, a post within Inner West Mums gets everyone talking. This week, it was Kristy Wellfare Jones’ prompt: ‘You know you have an Inner West child when …’
Following is an edited selection of our favourite responses. Is your child a true Inner Westie?
- They ask, as you leave the house, ‘Cino first, Mum?’
- Their local barista has known them since they were three days old.
- They have their own Keep Cup.
- They ask for their marshmallow ‘on the side’.
- They get annoyed that they have to settle for a salted caramel milkshake when they really wanted a strawberry balsamic one.
- They insist on drinking their milk in a jam jar.
- They won’t eat their avocado without feta and a perfectly poached egg.
- They scream for a ‘green drink’, made of kale, cucumber and apple.
- They sample everything at the deli.
- They have a well-defined ranking for every Vietnamese restaurant in Marrickville. (Kristen McKinstry)
- They ask to go out to The Henson for dinner. (Dolores Dunn)
- They ask you what this week’s Zonut is from Zumbo. (Zoe Vayanos)
- Their first word is plane.
- Their first sentence is ‘It’s an A380.’
- The sound of a plane doesn’t faze them, but they freak out when they hear a lawnmower.
- They can spot a parking space at 50 metres. (Helena Tosello)
- They have twice as many toys as you have storage space. (Kristen McKinstry)
- They ask you what a garage is. (Kristen McKinstry)
- They dream of having part-time jobs at Cow and Moon and Rocketboy. (Dolores Dunn)
- They dream of making lots of money so they can buy a house – with grass!
- They pretend they are operating a cafe, called Black Star.
- They play ‘traffic jams’.
- They play ‘tattoo parlours’.
- They expect high-quality parks.
- They sing ‘Old Macdonald had a worm farm … With a mulch, mulch here, and a recycle recycle there …’.
- They think Princesses Ana and Elsa live in Annandale. (Lauren Hamilton-Thompson)
- They think a day in the Blue Mountains is a holiday.
- When asked which overseas countries they have visited, they include Manly. (Dawn Yee Tuften)
- Their friends at day care are named Aya, Ayla, Isla, Leila and Ada.
- They teach you the yoga poses they learnt at day care. (Melissa Turkington)
- Both mother and child wear Saltwater Sandals. (Alix Fiveash)
- They cry because they want two mums like all their friends at day care. (Nadia Vigna)
- They give death stares to the people manning the West Connex information stand at the shopping centre.
- They declare they are becoming vegan for compassionate and environmental reasons.
- They want blue hair.
- They understand why fair trade is important by 11. (Michelle A Cummings)
- They walk into a suburban backyard and say ‘Oh, a park.’ (Kate Bower)
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