"Mum, did you know there was a bomb in Manchester? My friend said an 8 year old girl was killed. I know that's not true... is it?"
I've avoided writing anything about Manchester. My words didn't feel sufficient, and let's be honest, what can I say that will make any difference?
We'd agreed not to talk to our precious 6 and 4 year old about this. Agreed to let it roll over them as these things often do but you can't protect them from the evil of the world forever.
Reuben came home from school tonight filled with questions after an assembly, the hardest of which was "This won't happen again will it mummy?"
What can you say to that? Yes baby, probably. The only small thing that I could tell him was that when something bad happens, look to the people who are helping. That is where you find the best of humanity.