The Funny Things Kids Say
Now that our children are teenagers, my partner and I look back on those sleepless nights and pre-school years with such nostalgia. (That’s a slight exaggeration but we certainly appreciate sleeping in and knowing that our children can operate independently of us… and wipe their own noses!) But I do miss their funny innocent insights about the world. For someone like me, who loves telling a story, my kids gave me more than enough funny material to work with. Like the time Neve (aged three) answered a knock at the door. It was a lovely old woman collecting donations for the Red Cross. “Oh come in,” Neve said convincingly “and my mummy will pour you a nice big glass of wine!” (It was about 2 o’clock in the afternoon). I have collected lots of these family stories in dusty journals and they always make me smile, especially this one courtesy of Molly (five years old)
June 2000 – The Right Kind of Eyes
This afternoon Molly helped me make a casserole, while Neve (2 years old) filled her head with dreams of planes and coloured rubber balls (her favourite things at present). Molly guessed that her baby sister was devising secret plans in her sleep to steal Max’s striped hat next time he comes to visit. This might be true; Neve certainly loves that hat! Molly and I collected fresh herbs from the garden and chopped and stirred and grated. Then as promised, the four of us went to Elwood Hill to watch the sunset. The sun spread her bounty across the sky, pinks and oranges set against a deep winter blanket of grey.
“If you had good eyes, you could see the whole world from up here, couldn’t you Mum?”
“Maybe,” I shrugged, a little unconvinced. It had been a very long day.
“Yeah ya could,” she argued, “you just need to have the right sort of eyes.”
“Hmm,” I nodded, “ you could be right.”
“Yeah I am,” she continued, pointing her finger at me, “Don’t you know it? If you have the right kind of eyes, you can see almost anything.”
It had been one of those winter days at home that seem to gradually close in on you. All day I had been bogged down with laundry and shopping, cleaning and picking up toys that seemed to reappear just as quickly. But with that simple conversation, the fog lifted and my mind, just like the view before me, was once again – a clear open space.
If you have a story about something funny your kids (or someone else’s ) have said to you, feel free to share. I’d love to hear it!