Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Funny Little People

I hope you all had a fun 4th of July! The time off was much needed. Kids in general say the funniest things. Their inability to filter themselves and just call it the way they see it is priceless. Here are a few from our weekend that I had to write down because I didn't want to forget....

My barely 7 year old:

On an argument about wearing fancy white shoes to the 4th of July parade:

"Mom, what's more important--you or the country?!" "uh, me" "No mom. It's the country."

I was so caught off guard by the exchange that when she threw her arms up in disgust and walked out I didn't know what to say. Then, I laughed--but not in front of her :-).

On how white her belly is compared to her scary tan legs:

"Mom, I look African-American!" (with a big smile)

She's been fighting me for a bikini, but I want as much of her body covered as possible because she gets so tan - even with the SPF 80 we use. When I was growing up people were either black or white with no negative connotations either way. I don't remember African-American coming into thought or vocabulary until much later when I became aware of the "correct" way to say things. Her matter of fact use of "African-American" caught me off guard; I didn't know she paid any attention to skin tone much less the PC way to address it.

My 4 year old:

On how to ride a sheep at a Mutton Bustin' event at the fair:

"Okay, so you're going to want to hold on..." "Yeah, I got that part."

He's such a clown normally, but he was all business about riding this sheep. His big sister out road him for about a 1/2 a second and stole the 3rd place ribbon he wanted so badly. He hid under the bleachers and sulked near the sheep pen; he hates it when she gets the best of him. Next year, little man...

My 20 month old:

"No more ice cream" "Mom-EEEEE...." "Sorry, baby" "Why?" "Because your teeth will rot" "Why?" "Because it's not good for you" "Why?" "Because I love you" "Why?" "Because I do" "Why?"

I don't know why I fell for the "Why" trap, but I've done it with every kid ;-)

I just love my kids...They were in a funk for about two weeks, then yesterday the sea parted and out of nowhere I had kids who listened, kids who were kind to one another and kids who enjoyed each other and themselves. I know I've said this before, but sometimes its just knowing they have the capacity to be good little people is enough. Whether or not they make good on it is another thing all together, but I am hopeful :-).

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