Walking home from the food co-op yesterday afternoon, I heard a little girl in a stroller tell her dad, “I saw some pretty flowers back there.”
“You did, Lexi?” the dad asked. “What colors were they?”
“Good colors,” she said.
And there it was: The verbal exchange that made my day. Moments later, as I passed rows of fresh-cut flowers outside the corner store, I smiled in agreement. So while kids bloom with their joyful worldview, here’s a summer installment of the Quotes from Kids you’ve sent in:
When I was babysitting my friend’s four-year-old and told him to do something like pick up his Legos, his head spun around and he said, “You’re not the boss of me!”
When our girls were approximately six and eight, I used the expression “there’s more than two ways to skin a cat” in explaining something to the 8-year-old. I could see that she got what I was saying. There was a long pause and the six-year-old said, “Jesus, dad, why would anyone skin a cat!”
After I gave birth to my daughter, my then-five-year-old son was in the room when the pediatrician came for the checkup. The doctor asked if anyone had any other questions. Cooper promptly raised his hand and asked, “Do you know the muffin man?” Without missing a beat, the doctor said, “Who lives on Drury Lane?”
I took my son Brian and his friend Jay to Government Pier in Milwaukee when they were seven or eight years old. We walked out the quarter mile to the end of the pier marveling at the view of the city from that far out over the lake. It was a beautiful summer evening and at the end of the pier there were several young ladies who weren’t fishing and were dressed in short skirts and, of all things, heels. As we approached and were going to pass them, Brian loudly yelled, “Hookers!” We got out of there quickly laughing all the way.
So what’s the funniest or cutest thing one of the kids in your life has said lately? Please send it to me so I can share it next time.
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