Conversations with Miss B
Miss B, my teen-at-home, can be a little....quirky. *No* idea where she gets it from. So, one of her interesting quirks is an abiding love for snakes, yet an intense fear of magpies (go figure!?). What's a parent to do, but stir her up at every opportunity. Our recent conversation went something like this...
Me: Hey, did you see the freaky crow/magpie hybrid on the front deck, eating the cat food?
Miss B: Whaaatt???? OMG, are you serious??
Me: Why don't you go and take a look? It's not a crow or a magpie....I think I'll call it a cragpie.
Miss B: (tiptoes over to door and peeks out) Arghhhh!!! What the hell is that!!!
Me: (giggling hysterically) I told you...it's a cragpie.
A couple of days later....
Miss B: Mum, they're not cragpies. They're another kind of bird....curra....something. But they're not magpie hybrids (sighs in relief).
So, Miss B isn't worried about giant magpie/crow hybrids smashing the door in and eating her. And we have an inordinately large number of currawongs stealing the cat food. I wonder if I should tell her how closely related currawongs are to magpies? *evil grin*