The Toddler is a fan of putting things in the bin. In fact, ‘bin’ may have been one of her earliest words. The Toddler likes to instruct Silly Mummy to put things in the bin: ‘Mummy! Bin!’ She likes to inform Silly Mummy that she is putting something in the bin: ‘Ooh bin!’ She likes to report on the events as they unfold on those occasions when The Baby rolls over to the bin and tries to stick her head in it: ‘The Baby! Bin! Naughty!’
We went to town. The Toddler ate some raisins in her pushchair. Whilst in M&S, The Toddler smiled at a shop assistant. The shop assistant smiled back and said, ‘Hello’. The Toddler knows a range of appropriate responses for dealing with just such a situation. She is adept at waving, smiling, saying ‘hello’, even holding out her hand and excitedly squealing, ‘Meet! Meet!’ (by which she means, ‘Pleased to meet you’). Armed with such a rich arsenal of suitable replies to the lady’s ‘hello’, The Toddler imperiously held out her empty raisin box and said, ‘Bin!’
Upon being told by Silly Mummy that it is not polite to hand one’s rubbish to strangers and demand that they put it in the bin, The Toddler considered her actions, nodded wisely and added, ‘Thanks!’ Satisfied that she had now been politely rude, The Toddler smiled charmingly…and continued to hold out her raisin box expectantly.