Because the drive from home to work/school is a decent distance, Ember and I carpool with Nana J, Mike and occasionally Beth. We have some interesting conversations. Ember is usually busy playing MineCraft or similar on the iPad, but she hears everything (which we would sometimes do well to remember!) This happened the other day...
Beth: My niece is annoyed because her class is going camping for outdoor activity week, and another class is going to Rainbow's End.
Me: She's young for camping - are they just camping in the school grounds?
Beth: I don't know, maybe.
Nana: We used to do that at my old school but we had to camp in the school hall rather than in tents on the field as there were too many criminals potentially running around.
Beth: Really? Gangs?
Nana: Yes, it used to be the Mongrel Mob and Black Power, but they moved out of the area and the Bloods, Crips and Killer Bees moved in.
Em: (gasping) Killer bees? [she has a bee phobia]
Me: Not real bees sweetheart. Just silly people who call themselves Killer Bees.
Beth: Were they a real problem?
Me: Occasionally. One time the school was in lockdown because a guy ran through the grounds with a knife or something and the police helicopter was following him.
We went on to talk about other things, but Em must have been thinking about it all as she suddenly said:
Em: Mummy, I know why that man had a knife.
Me: Do you? Why?
Em: Because he was dressed up like a bumblebee, so the knife was his stinger...