"I want to be:
- a digger (he and his school friends were happily digging a hole in the ground at playtime until this wonderful game was forbidden)
- a band-player (Thomas' most treasured ambition is still to play the drums)
- a sports teacher (sport being his favourite class at school)."
There's a problem with the last one, though. The other day he said, in heart-wrenching tones, "Mummy, I don't think I can be a sports teacher because I don't have shoelaces!"
Oh, dear! I never realised I was defeating Thomas' ambitions by insisting he has Velcro on his runners for ease of doing-up.
Once Thomas gets shoelaces, all his dreams will come true. On that day, he tells me, he will be good at sport and fast at running.
It makes you wonder what other problems could be solved through the simple application of a pair of shoelaces.