I love these. I absolutely love them. Reading about the things that kids can come up with when we least expect it just warms my heart so much! Yes, most of the time, they are just perpetually getting into trouble, poking things with sticks, and eating things that aren’t food, but for a few brief moments every once in a while, they say or do something that completely blows us all away…these are just a snapshot of those moments!
1. I taught Kindergarten and we had a piñata for Halloween treats. After breaking it open I saw Neil (the disruptive kid in the class) comparing his bag of treats with Lisa’s. I wandered over to get a better look at what was going on, and sure enough he was going through her bag of treats. Before I could interrupt I saw him giving her some of his treats so that they had the same amount. I later told him I saw him being kind to Lisa and he responded with “She needed me.”
2. My daughter looked at me and said: “your love is a cake, and if you have another kid, I have to share half of my share with it. I don’t want to share. Besides, dad already takes two out of three parts of your cake.”
3. I apparently told my grandmother, after my second sister was born when I was 4, that I felt like “a cupcake without any sprinkles because nobody wants me.”
4. “No dad you don’t get it, she’s not my imaginary friend, I’m her imaginary friend.”
5. After sleeping over at my friends house one night, their little daughter came and snuggled up with me in the morning and was telling me about all of little kid problems. All of a sudden she went, “You know what you call someone who’s pretty but isn’t nice?” half asleep I mumbled, “What’s that?” She said, “Ugly.”
6. My daughter was following me around asking whether things were alive or not, and telling me her opinion on them. “Cars aren’t alive” she said, “because they can move but they don’t grow.” Then she asked “What about words? Words change and grow when we use them. Words are alive.”
7. I told a kid that he just said a made up word. “All words are made up at first…”
8. There was a kid at a day care I worked at was playing with a doll and I asked him what he was doing, he told me this is Jenny and told me her life story, he said this was true. I said “Do you have a friend named Jenny?” He said something along the lines of “No I don’t but you don’t know if there is someone out there living this life, we never will there are too many people.”
9. My son went over to our neighbor’s house that had just lost his wife and sat on his lap. When he came home I asked him what he said to the old man and replied “nothing, I just helped him cry.”
10. I was cooking one night and I dropped the food and let out a very annoyed grunt. My daughter who was just about to turn three at the time looked at me and said “You don’t have to be angry daddy; you just have to be happy.”
11. I saw this parent giving a small kid (4, maybe 5) some pocket money, adding the phrase “Don’t spend it all!”…Standard parent stuff. The kid just looked at the £2 coin and said “But all you can do with money is spend it.”
12. I remember talking to my son in a car ride explaining how life is no more than a game; my son asked “In video games your goal is to be the hero, or the best. So why don’t people do that in real life?”
13. I mentioned at a get together once that the bonfire smelled like my childhood. My friend’s son said to me, “And now it will smell like my childhood when I grow up.”
14. I was looking through my son’s primary school workbooks, and found one of those ‘My name is…’ When I grow up I want to be…1 -type activity sheets. At age five, my son answered the “Something special about me is…’ question with: “I am no one else.”
15. When my uncle was very sick in the hospital my son looked at me and said, “Does everyone die?” “Eventually, yes” I responded. My son looked down and said nonchalantly, “Well if we’re all going to die why are we so afraid of it?”
16. I took my son bowling and his ball got stuck in the gutter about a meter in. I went to go retrieve the ball, and unknowing how slippery the floor was, I slipped and fell flat on my back. When I finally crawled back to the line my 3 year old son stood over me and said “that’s probably why you’re not supposed to cross the line.”
17. When my son was around 3, while sitting at the dinner table, he put his hand on my husband’s shoulder and said, “You are a good man. You are an angry man, but you are good.”
18. My friend’s kid explained The Hulk to me. She said he’s a big green monster…and when he needs to get things done, he turns into a scientist.
19. On my little cousins birthday someone said to him, “you’re getting old…” and he replied “I’ve been getting old since I was born.”
20. My little sister handed me a juice box as I was packing to move out and said “No one is really a grown up. They just act old because they have to.”
Huh. As ridiculous as some of these are…they make a lot of sense. I sometimes wish that I could have this head-on approach towards life without having to over-analyze everything around me. As adults, we can get so caught up with looking for the hidden meanings in things that we forget to just experience life as it is. That’s one of the best things about children. They don’t care where their ice cream comes from or how much sugar there is in it. They only care that it tastes good, right at this moment.
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