As Poor As A Church Mouse

Sometimes, my children give me the impression that they don’t think I was educated.

Simply the way they talk to me about new things they’ve learnt at school. So from time to time I like to show off. Talk about the things they couldn’t possibly know like algebra and BODMAS. Yes I am a big big for nothing agbaya (Yoruba for someone who isn’t acting their age). 🙂

On this day, it was similes they decided to lecture me on.

I remembered a book we used in primary school that listed all the similes that existed called FIrst Aid in English. I reeled off some of the ones I could remember.

As swift as a …………………………………… deer.

As brave as a ……………………………………. lion.

As poor as a ……………………………………. church mouse.

Then they asked what it meant to be as poor as a church mouse. I replied, “well you wouldn’t really find food in a church in earlier days so it would be the worst place for a mouse to live”.

Then my daughter says, “yeah it must be because there is no cheese”. My son promptly adds, “they would have a lot of bread and wine but certainly no cheese”.

Their logic is right and probably a lot more advanced than mine at their age. I couldn’t help laughing. I guess they taught me.

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