My dear friend, Eileen and I were talking on the phone today. She told me something that reminded me that Kids are Funny Little People!
Kids are funny little people and I can prove it!
Eileen is Andi’s aunt and she often has Pete and Andi’s younger daughter, Estrella over for visits. Eileen told me about a funny thing Estrella said recently. They were out walking on one of the recent lovely days we’ve had when Estrella suddenly stopped in her tracks. “What is your anus?” she inquired. Eileen was a bit taken aback but was a teacher so she reminded herself she could handle this question from an 8 year old.
She began to explain the basic anatomy of that region of the body. Already feeling proud of herself for her composure with the situation it took her a minute to notice the shocked look on Estrella’s face. “I just wanted to know if it’s a planet or a star.” Estrella now knows not to put that little pause in between the syllables.
Uranus Not Uranus
Kids repeat things in very funny ways!
Kids are funny little people who often hear words in their own way. My youngest nephew used to walk around the house singing when he was around 3 years old. His favorite for a long time was a Jerry Lee Lewis song. But Drew sang it this way: “Goodness gracious my balls are on fire!” No wonder Jerry screamed a little during that number!
When our oldest son was in kindergarten he came home from school one day and what he did still makes me giggle. He marched up the stairs to the living room, put one hand on his hip and, with the other hand, flipped my husband the middle finger. As my husband began to rise from the sofa I hurriedly stopped him. “What” our boy inquired “exactly does this mean?” Apparently older boys had tried to convince him to show this gesture to the bus driver but, thank goodness our cautious boy said he had to ask us first.
Eileen also told me about her nephew and his encounter with “funny” older kids. They’d taught this little guy the song “The Name Game” and told him Chuck was a fun name to use in the game. If you’re not familiar with the song you know the word this kindergarten child ended up saying.
Kids are funny little people who are often very dramatic!
One of my 8 year old granddaughters proved that not only are kids funny little people but they can be hysterically dramatic, too. When she was 3 years old I’d given her a few M & M’s™ as an after lunch treat. She wanted more and I told her she’d have to wait until after dinner. Suddenly boneless she collapsed on the sofa and cried out “You’re ruining my life!” As Daddy used to say, all the actresses aren’t in Hollywood.
Her older sister gave us a really good laugh when she was 3 years old. We used to put her in the corner if she misbehaved. She spent a lot of time in that corner. Let me shed a little light on that by pointing out that she once gave two turtles in a 35 gallon fish tank a bath using Dawn dish soap.
One day she came out of her bedroom and walked to the corner. Both her parents and I were perplexed. We hadn’t told her to stand in the corner. After a moment I had to ask why she was there. Still standing with her nose in the corner she raised one hand and said, “I don’t want to talk about it.” And thus was born the self-punishing toddler.
Some problems kids face are very serious (in their minds)!
We sometimes forget that, although we think kids are funny little people they are very serious about the problems in their young lives. Our youngest son was about 2 years old when I heard him yelling “Stop it!” at his brother. I asked what his brother was doing. Pete was outside their bedroom and Paul was in the room so I couldn’t quite get what was so awful. “He’s looking at me!” Pete cried in distress. I thought I had the perfect answer to the quandary. “Close the door” I said. Pete set me straight immediately. “Then I won’t be able to see what he’s doing!”
Our oldest granddaughter; the turtle-bathing, self-punishing one, had people thinking we belonged to some strange, child abusing cult when she was 3. When Paul and her mom got married they included her in the ceremony. Paul gave her a necklace and pledged that he would always love her, always take care of her, and always be her daddy. For weeks afterward she told everyone who would listen that she’d gotten married. The good news is she and her daddy are still together after all these years.
Kids can be funny even when they’re being sneaky!
It’s true that kids are funny little people but they can also be sneaky. While visiting Paul and his family over this past Thanksgiving weekend his 8 year old used her baby brother shamelessly. I heard a soft knock on our bedroom door but decided that if I ignored it the kids would go back to bed. Okay, I know. But I was really tired! After a moment there was another, slightly louder knock. Still clinging to the fantasy that they’d go away I didn’t answer.
After a moment of whispering I heard a noise. I peeked and saw that the door had been opened just a crack. I heard my granddaughter whisper to her brother, “Now call her.” Not wanting to be the one who woke me up she’d instructed her 3 year old brother to do the dirty deed. He has three older sisters. I’m sure he was already used to being thrown under the bus.
Yep. Kids are funny little people and although we want to strangle them at times they make our lives brighter just by being kids!