Funny Things Kids Say (and do)
Parenting has it's ups and downs, but in my opinion, the ups sure outweigh the downs. Consider the first time you looked into your newborn's face, watched him take those first wobbly steps, or listened to her say her ABC's for the first time. All proud moments to say the least.
The humor that accompanies being a parent is priceless as well. We laugh when Johnny scores a goal...in the other team's net, or when Sally explains to the person on the phone exactly what her daddy is doing in the bathroom causing him to not be able to take the call. My children have been no exception. Here are just a few of their many antics.
My first child has always been an intuitive, quiet engineer type who could sit for hours when he was little putting together tiny Legos and creating amazing masterpieces. He loved to build, explore, and design. When he was about two or three, his grandmother was visiting and her bags were in his room. I put him down for a nap one day and went to the kitchen to talk with other adults. After 20 minutes or so, something told me I should check on him, and when I got back to his room I discovered that he had taken out all of my mother in law's sanitary napkins from her bag, taken the strips off the back, and stuck them to the wall. When I started to talk to him (while struggling to hold back the laughter), he quickly announced, "See Mommy, isn't it pretty? I made a ladder out of band aids". Well that was all I could hear. I quickly sat him in time out (for going through his grandmother's things) and left the room in tears I was laughing so hard. That's not quite the end of the story. The next day he decided to "paint the wall" with her sunscreen. Gotta watch those quiet ones!
When my first child started 4 year old Kindergarten, my second child was 1. Until it was her turn to start school, she and I would spend the mornings together, often running errands. Now I should stop here and explain that her brother's name is Aaron and her name is Alyssa. One day when she was four and getting ready to start school, the two of us were together in the car and she was very quiet. Then, somewhat thoughtfully, she asked, "Mommy, when I start school are you gonna run Alyssas?". That crazy English language!
My third child is quite precocious, creative, and has quite an imagination. She also LOVES animals. The mascot for the school my children attend is a lion, and right in front of the school is a stone statue of a lion with its mouth open baring its teeth. For a bit, my daughter was afraid of this lion, but once she got over this fear, she began to "feed" the lion berries off of a bush in exchange for some baby lions that she appeared to find in the lion's mouth. Those baby lions went everywhere with us. When she was about three, I took her to Target close to Christmas to look at a few things. She and her baby lions started out in the basket, but I allowed her to get out and walk beside me part of the way through the store. All of a sudden, she took off down the aisle of the store. I yelled for her to come back, and she turned to look at me and worriedly yelled, "Mommy, my baby lions, they're getting away. I have to catch them." I called her back and, again while trying to curtail my laugh, told her that she must tell her baby lions that they are required to stay right beside her in a store, just like she is required to stay beside her Mommy. Needless to say, my daughter and the wayward baby lions were once again confined to the shopping cart.
There are so many more stories in the mind of this mom, and so many more that got away because I just didn't take the time to write them down. Childhood is so fleeting that we need to take the time to enjoy the fun that our children can bring into our lives. I'm learning all too quickly that they grow up way too fast.