The girls make me walk in front of them through the woods on the way to school now, that way I scoop all of the spider webs out of their path. But there haven’t been any lately (well, it is late autumn…)
AMBER: Where have all the spiders gone?
ME: Well, it’s a lot colder and wetter now so there aren’t many about any more.
MILLIE: Why not?
ME: It’s too cold and wet for them. They’re either hibernating for the winter or they die.
MILLIE: What other animals hibernate?
ME: Squirrels. Hedgehogs. Bears.
MILLIE: Not bears – they’re not real.
ME: ..What did you just say?
MILLIE: Bears aren’t real.
ME: Um, no, they are, I can assure you; bears are definitely real.
(I stare at Millie)
ME: I love you, but you are peculiar sometimes.