Me: I found this book *waves book around*
Me: I think that it would be fun for you to do the Passion Test.
Sonshine: Do I have to, like, READ it? *already looks bored*
Me: No. I'll tell you what to do and you just do it. Are you up for it?
Sonshine shrugs and gazes at carpet in resigned-let's-get-it-over-with fashion.
Me: Here's a pad and pencil. I want you to spend a couple of minutes thinking of what would be in your life if it was absolutely FANTASTIC and that would have you springing out of bed with a smile on your face EVERY day. Ok?
Sonshine: But I usually AM quite happy when I get up. Unless I've been listening to you reading me a ghost story at bed time. Then I'm usually just knackered because, like, I have had hardly any sleep?
He's started this annoying upflick at the end of his sentences? Like this? Which I thought had died out with re-runs of Friends? Clearly not.
He starts scribbling away.
Me: Have you come up with about 10?
Sonshine: Yep. But I don't want you to read them.
He hands me the list which I proceed to hold out in front of me like a town cryer, with the list facing him, not me.
Me: Point number one - compare it to point number two. Is it still at the top of your list?
Sonshine: Nope, I'd rather have point number two.
Me: Excellent - now consider point number two. Would you rather keep it than point number three?
Sonshine: No I'd rather have point number two.
Point number two keeps it's high ranking place until we get to point number five.
Sonshine - I'd rather have point number five than point number two.
Me: I'm getting confused with where we are in the list. Can I not just read your list and we can do it that way?
So I struggle on with each of the points, trying to keep straight in my head which points were still in his top five and which were sent to the bottom of the list.
Point number five stays at the top until we get to point nine. Then it takes centre stage.
Sonshine: Actually, I'd like point number nine at the top of my list.
Me: I'm getting confused, can I not just read the list?
And so I read the list.
And I read what point number five is, and how it trumped the other points before it. And my eyes whell up with tears.
Until I get to point number nine.
And realise that having a USB table top fridge trumps World Peace and his parents having a happy relationship.
Children, who'd have them? Seriously. Do you want mine?
Note: Point 10: 'Origin' is where one needs to have an on-line account to play The Sims 4 or something and Sonshine's account refuses to work. Origin only want to talk to us with a live person, not e-mailed instructions. Or a telephone call. Which is just NOT on the cards at all.