Funny Things My Children Have Done and Said
My sons have always been entertaining. They started life as babies, who are always entertaining. We used to sit and 'watch them grow'. They grew at prodigious rates which people were always commenting on. They had to grow from little 21 inch babies to the strapping 6'6" boys they are today. Our daughter was only 20 3/4 inches but at 15, she is already 5'10" and I totally believe that she will make her mother's 6'.
Their humor though, has always been well developed. Sometimes sick, but very there. Sometimes it was conscious and sometimes they were just being cute.
David, our youngest son, had his teddy bears when he was little. He loved those bears and they were never far away. He would use them as if they were action figures.
One time, when he was about 3, he tied a hand towel around the neck of his 'Snuggle' teddy bear. He stood at the top of the stairs and flew (threw) it down the stairs. I was sitting in the living room, watching TV while they played in their room and when something hit the door at the bottom of the stairs, my ears perked up. I heard coming from the top of the stairs, "It's Superman" and then a little softer, I heard him say, "Or maybe just Batman." I busted up laughing. It was so funny the change and how he obviously rated Batman lower than Superman.
When the boys were 4 and 5 years old, I was working at a construction company as a job site clerk. My husband, who was disabled, watched the kids. One morning, it was chilly and when they got up, they all put their robes on, that I had made them. They were similar in design to monk's robes and I had made them from fleece, sweatshirt material. They were loose, warm, had hoods and went down to their ankles. Rodger's was yellow and Dennis and David's were different blues.
Dennis was on the computer and the boys were playing in the family room where the desk was. David is ADHD and always into something, very active and mischievous. He was running around, getting into things, bugging Rodger, irritating Dennis and suddenly, from over in the corner; where Rodger was playing quietly, Dennis hears Rodger singing a little song. "Every time I turn around, up pops the Devil in the blue nightgown." Dennis told me about it that night and said he almost fell off the chair laughing. We knew who the song was about.
Family Get Together
David had a thing about vacuum's. While I was vacuuming, he had to sit on the couch because he was afraid of the noise but wanted to watch it work. I always had to tell him that the vacuum was sleeping though, when I put it up because he wanted to play with it. I had to hide it in a closet with a lock on the door.
I have a very large extended family. My dad was one of twelve and most of them lived close together. Several lived in a small town in NV and my sister and I lived there also. One day, when my mom and dad came over from the nearest large town to visit everyone, a couple of the aunts got together and made the main course for everyone. They made bread dough and laid it out in flat loaves. Then they filled the dough with meats with sauce. Chicken, shredded pork, ground hamburger, all mixed with a complimentary bar-be-que sauce. Then they wrapped the dough up around the filling and baked them. There were 9 different loaves and they sliced them into 2 inch sections. They were delicious and devoured in short order. There were also several different kinds of salads, because we always did potluck.
Afterwards, we all sat around visiting, some out in the yard, some in the house. The kids were running around outside but would make trips into the house for different things. We just left the door open. David had come in to use the restroom and made a wrong turn in the hall. He ended up in my aunt's laundry room, where the vacuum was stored. My mom was on her way down the hall to make sure he didn't get into anything and saw him as he found the vacuum. He slid to a stop. He stared at it in awe and then he squatted down and patted it. He breathed the word "Vacuum" and then, got up and finished finding the restroom. My mom thought that was so cute and had to go tell my aunts.
During the same get together, Rodger was getting teased by my husband and uncles. Dennis had always asked them if they had lost their minds. This was usually when they wanted something outrageous and they knew they were not going to get it. Rodger finally looked at Dennis and asked him, "Have you lost my mind?" My uncles and dad all cracked up at his little mix-up. Never dull with my kids around.
Do you write down the gems that pop out of your children's mouths to remember in your old age?
Pre-Teen and Teen Years
We went camping and the boys wanted to try out the new rods that we had gotten them. Dennis wasn't feeling good and the guy from the next camp was going down to the water to fish with his boys. He offered to take them and keep an eye on them. The offer was accepted gratefully, and Dennis laid down to rest. Suddenly, David comes running back up the hill, shouting "Mom, mom, Rodger caught a fish and it has PINK lips."
Of course, I had to go see this fish with the PINK lips. I had never heard of a fish with lips, let alone pink. I got down to the water just as the fish hit land and it did indeed have pink lips. It was the pink plastic worm that Rodger had used as bait. Then the big surprise. Rodger, my big tough boy, was afraid to take it off the hook. I had to do it for him. Mom was tougher than the 11 year old.
When Rodger was 16 and David was 15, we moved to a house with a hill in the back yard. The house was at the top and it was a fairly steep hill that would be used for sledding in the future. It was summer now though. The people who had moved out had a toddler boy who grew up there. They had left all of his ride on toys that he had outgrown. They were broken up a bit and we were just going to haul them to the dump on our next trip.
One day, I looked out the french doors to see what all the screeching and hollering was about. One thing you learn with kids, if they are too quiet or too loud, you had better find out what they are doing. It is probably something that will hurt them. These over 6 foot boys were hauling the toddler ride ons up to the top of the hill and riding them down it. It was hysterical. They looked so funny with their arms and legs hanging out all over the top of these little toys. Their torso's were bigger than the toys they were riding.
The following winter, this same hill got used for sledding down. It snowed and since all of the sleds had been sold out, they did not have one. That did not stop them though. They got some sheets of corrugated aluminum that their father had salvaged for a shed and were riding them down the hill. One of the pieces had holes in one end, so they attached a rope at the two corners and would ride it down the hill standing on it and pulling the front up with the rope. I am always amazed that they did not hurt themselves while doing these things but "BOYS WILL BE BOYS".
Did you have kids that said funny things?
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