Level Three. Awkward.

By Michelle Lloyd.

Questions of interest filled a certain mind. Little Herbert liked questions because usually they came with an explanation as for how… How was a question that Little Herbert used often, particularly when he was acquainting himself with explanations about this or that.

It was on one outing that Little Herbert decided to raise the How question and remembered that he chose a bit of an odd time to do it. Out was he with his dad and when on seeing a pregnant lady he needed an explanation for it, out came he with a most dreaded question for a certain someone who had been with him.

Little Herbert’s dad had always been most forthcoming with answers as for how but in this particular example the how was not followed by a quick or lengthy response. Usually Little Herbert felt that his dad and he bonded over a bit of how explanation time.

This time instead of answering Little Herbert his dad made some very odd and strange noises as if he was going to start to speak but then ended up simply shaking his head again and again. Little Herbert could not work out what was going on so he asked his question of how once again, only this time a little louder just in case his dad had not properly understood him. This time many in the library turned to look at them and Little Herbert believed they may also want to hear an explanation as for how but while this was plausible what happened next was a mystery to him as his dad rushed him, rather rudely he thought, out of the library.

It took quite some time for them to stop and for dad to try to explain. A time and place explanation took priority and before Little Herbert knew it, he had become attuned to thinking about when and what was appropriate. Avoiding an awkward reaction from dad meant that Little Herbert could still ask what he wanted but maybe choose more adeptly on where he asked it.