Children Crack Me Up

Learn to Play Again!

As a child, I don't remember being funny, but my mother remembered many of the crazy kid things my brother, sister and I did that cracked her up. Seems we were rather hysterical! Kids have a way of bringing out my “silly”, and it’s so enjoyable to join them in the simplicity of their young lives.

I have three little ones in my life now.The oldest is my six year old great niece (did I just admit to this one?), who plays pretend with me when we visit. Our little dramas get so involved; occasionally she will pause to say, “You know this is pretend, right?” She cracks me up! My three year old great niece can make me laugh on my worst day.I swear she is a grown-up in a child's body. This kid could be a stand-up comedian and I have learned to never say anything I don’t want repeated! She cracks up our whole family! The youngest is my great nephew who is barely two. His primal caveman nature is so much fun to watch and his full force approach to everything just cracks me up!

Many years ago, in another galaxy, Art Linkletter had a show called, “Kids Say the Darndest Things”. Please take two minutes to have a little fun:

Art Linkletter with the kids

Art had a great love for children and the kids on his show cracked him up. Their parents probably didn’t leave home for weeks after their top secrets were exposed! Heidi Klum has a show on Lifetime that is also lots of fun. It’s called; “Seriously Funny Kids.” http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/seriously-funny-kids If you need a good laugh, you’ll find one with Heidi and the kids on her show.

When I step back from being an adult around children and meld into their world, what a beautiful and innocent place I discover. Their purity and honesty is overwhelming at times, and if nothing has happened to rock their world and play is going well, the experience is truly joyous. Of course, joy can change into chaos in the blink of an eye and you are zapped back into adulthood to handle whatever disaster has caused his/her head to spin around and puke out green bile. There’s that side too!

Several friends and I volunteer at local domestic abuse and homeless shelters. I find it amazing that each child is happy to see us walk through the door, even though their lives have been extremely disrupted. We laugh, read, make crafts, act silly and sometimes the volunteers even get hugs! I take away many life lessons from these young ones.

Children are resilient and often times they adapt to their circumstances much better than adults. I have observed it is actually hard for a child NOT to look for fun at every turn.Over the years, I have taken away a few lessons from the various children in my life and would like to share them with you. 1. Don’t complicate things 2. Laugh, you will feel better 3. Candy helps everything 4. Adults should learn to play again

Whenever I grow up, I want to be a kid …then I can crack my own self up!

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9 comments

Linda Morgan 5 years ago

So true, Sheila! It is so refreshing to be around young children (when they are not puking green bile, of course)!

Really enjoyed your article and I loved the tv clip! Thanks for making me smile.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Thanks for the memory of Art Linkletter. I always loved him, and I enjoyed that video! You are so blessed to have all these children in your life. I adopted three of my Grandchildren, and people say how lucky they are. I say I'm the lucky one....they keep me young. Good to hear from you again! I look forward to more of your Hubs. Regards, Mary


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frogtalk 5 years ago

I love children as well! I'm so glad we don't go straight to adulthood!


SusieQ42 5 years ago

I forgot about Art Linkletter! His show was great. I've written some cute hubs about my grandkids. You should check them out. There are 2 called, "A Grandmother's Memories: Funny Things Kids Say" and "A Grandmother's Memories, More Funnies From my Honeys." Thanks for putting a smile on my face.


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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks for your comments!


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TToombs08 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Kids seem to have perfect timing as well. When I'm having a horrible day, my son always seems to do something that makes me smile and washes my bad day away. Thank goodness for kids. And nice hub! Excellent writing! Voting UP.


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picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks so much TToombs08! I know what you mean. It is a rare day that being around a child does not make me happy if I just become present with him or her.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Unique and brilliant.

I have to award that up up and away.

Take care my friend and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Thanks so much Eddy. As always, I appreciate your comments!

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