Tuesday, March 07, 2006

kid conversation

In my experience, life is rarely dull with kids. Exhausting, yes; frustrating, it's true; but hardly ever boring - especially with slightly older children, who have plenty to say.

Both my kids seem to have pretty good memories...way better than me, anyway. I told one story about Princess Missy Moo and Brave Knight Steve (who incidentally wasn't very brave at all - kind of whiny really- and Princess Missy Moo refused to marry him, which unfortunately caused Laura to cry, and made Fatty remark that my stories are way too feminist) and then several weeks later Ben was requesting a story about 'Brave Knight Steve'. I sniggered at the name before slowly remembering that this fictional character was created by me. Er, right....more about Steve then...

Laura also has a memory like an elephant, and will dredge up memories from when she was two or younger, just to torture me...

"Remember Mum when I was really sick, and you had to put medicine in my bottom?". Yes, well, I do remember that now; thanks for reminding me.

Of my two kids, though, Benjamin is the more vocal - he talks an awful lot. When we are out somewhere together, and I become aware of someone listening to our conversation, I realise just how much Ben loves to chat. I spend hours listening to his ideas, exclaiming over his fanciful tales, and answering a gazillion questions. Today in the supermarket, Ben asked me, "What does EGGZILLERATING mean?". He'd heard it on TV. I did my best to explain.

Some of the best amusement I get, though, comes from Ben's ability to recite phrases from movies, television, or overheard adult conversation. He stores these little gems up, and uses them at the oddest of moments. Last week, in the change-rooms at the swimming pool, I left Ben perched on the toilet, as I ducked around the corner to help Laura turn the shower on. There were mothers and children dressing and showering everywhere. Ben's cheery voice came echoing off the tiled walls....

" Now that's something you don't see every day!".

I busied myself with Laura. No way was I going to admit to being his parent.

17 comments:

manababies said...

LOL! I see a stand up comic in the works. What perfect timing with that line!

Alice said...

You know Jelly, instead of writing scripts for medicine why don't you just write a short story on the pad. I'm sure it would make patients recover much faster than traditional medicines, with no nasty side-effects either, apart from side-splitting from laughter, that is.

Motherkitty said...

Yikes, out of the mouths of babes. I'll bet there were a lot of females scrambling to cover up very quickly after hearing that.

One day you will reminesce about these little gems because these are the things memories are made of. Thanks for the belly laugh early this morning.

TUFFENUF said...

I love the stories you tell about your children. It if funny how kids remember things. When the boys were about 9 and 10, I made them work in the yard with me about three weekends, trimming trees and tying up the branches for the trash. Preston said to me the other day, "Remember when we were little how you used to make us work in the yard every weekend?" I told him it was only three times, but he swears it was years and years that I made them work so hard!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I no longer have the little ones who will say whatever is on their precious minds...but I do listen to them as they shop with their mother's. They are so honest and ask (like you said) a gazillion questions.

I learned never to say what I didn't mean or make promises...because kids have a fantastic memory...and can recall your words exactly as you said them.

Thanks for sharing such delightful stories of your children. It brings back memories, some good and some embarrassing ones, of what my children said in public.

You always have such wonderful stories to tell and they're just about your everyday life which makes them that much more fascinating. You truly are a great storyteller.

DayByDay4-2Day said...

That is cute. Reminds me of my oldest. He is full of randomness and also qoutes things from tv.

How funny!

John Cowart said...

Save their baby photos to show their friends when they're teenagers. Parenting has it's compensations.

Val said...

Wait until they grow up and as young adults they remember certain things, and put their analytical skills to work on what they think they remember (Tuffenuf, I know what you mean). I'm with John: have some revenge material at the ready!

But this did make me chuckle this morning - thanks!

Heather said...

What can I do but try to stifle my giggles behind my hand! ;-)

The Four Bears in the Woods said...

I love it! Very cute story. And as a mother I can relate, I have had times like these and still do. And as Abandoned in Pasadena said, don't ever say anything you may not be able to follow through with because they don't forget and won't let you forget either. LOL Kids are so cute and they do say the darndest things. Wouldn't trade these days for anything else in the world.

And thanks Jellyhead for stopping by my blog spot and leaving a comment.

Mama Bear

donna y said...

Kids say the darndest things! Gives you something to laugh about later despite your humiliation in the moment.

Moogie said...

LOL...goodness. Kids are so very funny sometimes. And I agree, there is never a dull moment.

cmhl said...

that is so funny!!!!!!!! hahahaha!!!!!

my son can come up with really great one-liners as well. hahah.

Suzanne said...

you could write a book with short quips from your children! ha ha.

I'm going to scrapbook all of their goofy ideas and pictures, then show it to their girlfriends and boyfriends when they get older. It's my secret revenge! ha ha

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Jelly...I was reading thru your comments and I really love the comment that Alice left you...It's a great idea and wouldn't it be great if it really worked? I love the side effects too. ROFLOL

jellyhead said...

Thanks everyone for stopping in and commenting. Sandy, I thought Alice's idea was pretty good, too, only I don't know that *my* short stories would necessary be healing. They certainly could be harmful if read too regularly!

But thanks Alice, and Sandy, for the vote of confidence!

Sassy One said...

I love the stuff that kids say and I hear a lot as a teacher! I just have to tell parents that I promise not believe 100% of what I hear about them if they promise to do the same about me!