Mummy, why is a eugeline so important?
A eugeline. (I am guessing at the exact spelling here)
What’s a eugeline, sweetheart?
A EUGELINE. You know! A eu-gel-ine.
I don’t know.
YES YOU DO. It’s what girls have. It’s very private and delicate.
Do you mean “vagina”?
(People, we have a new word in the house.)
(Curiously, and with added lisp): Mummy, why do you have mosquito bites?
I don’t know honey, I guess mosquitoes love me.
Why do they love you?
I don’t really know. Maybe because my blood tastes so nice?
(Earnestly) Or maybe because they like old wrinkly skin?
Can’t you just speak?
Any other words?
(Waving a biscuit in front of her face): You sure?
NO! (Pause.) Mo-ah?