The things kids say

Kathy Krugerhappiness, motherhood36 Comments

If you want a laugh, it’s really hard to go past your kids (or Emily, who may just be a big kid with big boobs)!

As a four year old, Little Yang is a constant source of mirth (and frustration, but that’s not such a funny story – or maybe it is – the other day he went from driving me crazy with his whinging and whining, to cracking me up when I complained ‘Your whining is driving me mad” and he said “You need wine?” (as opposed to whine).

Wine, WhineAt 11 (can’t believe she is growing up so fast) I get far my eye rolls than laughs out of Miss Yin these days.

Exhibit A.

Miss Yin being a good sport, letting me photograph her famous 'eye roll'!

Miss Yin being a good sport, letting me photograph her famous ‘eye roll’!

But yesterday at the markets, we got a great laugh.

She decided to recount the story of a boy in her class last week calling her a ‘faggot’. What does a faggot mean, she asked?

As I tried to stop the smirk on my face, because ‘faggot’ is, after all, an insulting term, she explained that they’d looked up the dictionary (I refer you to the font of all knowledge, Wikipedia) only to discover that faggot meant:

“a twig or stick, or bundle of sticks”.

But, she said, “I don’t really think that’s what it means, Mum’.

(As an aside Wikipedia also lists that Faggot, or Faggots, is a traditional English dish, common in the midlands, made from meat off-cuts and offal, particularly from pork – going to be cooking me up some Faggots soon, NOT)!

Faggots, gravy, mashed potato and marrowfat (I kid you not) peas

Faggots, gravy, mashed potato and marrowfat (I kid you not) peas

But back to Miss Yin’s story.

With a laugh, I let her know that yes she was right, that Faggot did indeed have another meaning, the common one being of course the insulting term for a homosexual man. And we laughed, and laughed. She said she couldn’t wait to tell her clueless taunter that he’d called a girl ‘gay’, and to call him a ‘faggot’ back. Of course I did counter that if she called him names she’d be a bit of a bully, just like him, only with a better grasp of vocabulary!

She may have rolled her eyes.

I really do appreciate these laughs I get from my girl, even if they are getting few and far between, and it made me stop to think I should be savouring these moments, and the many moments I get with Little Yang when he cracks me up or makes me smile. I should be more diligent in recording them.

Little Yang, batting his long eyelashes, as made-up by his 'mean' eye-rolling sister

Little Yang, batting his long eyelashes, as made-up by his ‘mean’ eye-rolling sister

The other day, driving home and talking about ‘Mummy’s work’ (Little Yang gets sick of me being on the computer ‘all the time’, as he says), he quizzed me about what it is that I do, and I talked about how I write stories for people to read.

And then he asked: ‘You make people happy Mum?” And I couldn’t stop the grin, as wide as my face.

I hope I do make people happy, at least sometimes, and maybe even make them laugh occasionally.

And I hope you always stop to remember the sweet and funny one-liners and the laughs that only kids can give us.

Like Little Yang, whining: “I’m hungry Mum”, AS HE’S STUFFING A CHEEZEL IN HIS MOUTH!

And Little Yang saying ‘I’m boring’ when he means he’s bored, and…..

Linking up for a Monday laugh with Emily and the funny crew and the lovely Grace for FYBF (because we need another laugh this week. RIP Robin Williams.).

Cheers…Kathy

PS – And on a more serious note, don’t forget to link up a post here about infertility and pregnancy loss experiences for my first monthly link-up next week (from Monday 18th), or encourage friends and family who’ve had these experiences to share their story or read the posts – sharing is healing. PLEASE SHARE.

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36 Comments on “The things kids say”

    1. Kathy Kruger

      It is very funny how they mix meanings up in their efforts to sound cool, even when they don’t understand. Of course I want them to stay ‘clueless’ for as long as possible.

  1. Pinky Poinker

    I love it. My students are always coming out with funny things too. One little girl accused a boy of being “irrigant” the other day. A cross between irritating and arrogant. Brilliant word don’t you think?

  2. Me

    Little Yang nailed it in one – you DO make people happy !!!
    Gotta love the terms they come home from school with – and the eye rolling – they learn that far too quickly if you ask me !!!!!
    Have the best week !
    Me xox

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Thanks Linda – yes the eye-rolling is rather too frequent for my liking. And Little Yang is so very cute with what he comes out with, hope it lasts a little longer.

  3. MrsDplus3

    Ah kids are the best!!! Mine come out with some crackers too. My oldest was yelling at his sister the other day and getting really cranky with her. I told him to calm down and step away from the situation. he said, “I can’t Mum I’m too frustrated” I said, “well you just have to practise because you can’t go around yelling at people!” He replied, “Well you’ve been practising for over 30 years and you still yell at us!!” OOPS!

  4. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me

    Just so cute isn’t it when they say sweet stuff! I had a few crackers today but always forget to jot them down, I MUST do it. This is very funny, and who knew a faggot was a horrible tasting meal! UGH. That eye roll, I’m getting now and she’s just 6! Thanks for the laugh, Em, you big boobed child at heart friend! xx

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Glad you got a laugh Em – you always give so many. I’m really trying to record and remember those funny/sweet/silly things they say – they will stop and be sensible, or smart-ass or whatever one day and we will miss those funny things. Good luck if she’s already eye-rolling!

  5. Bexy McFly

    Hahaha I remember asking my parents what things meant at opportune times, like the dinner table or when their friends were over. I already knew what they meant (thanks school), but I liked watching them go all uncomfortable – maybe that’s what yours are doing! Watch out!

    1. Kathy Kruger

      thanks for visiting Bexy – I think I’m also guilty of this subtle torture of my parents, so I guess I can expect it back. Just didn’t expect that attitude to go into over-drive at such a young age.

  6. This Charming Mum

    Oh that is a spectacular eye roll! I never realised it all started so young. My 6 and 7 year olds could eye roll for Australia – so many years of bad attitude ahead of us! You really do have to laugh at the little things they say, otherwise your wine bill would be astronomical.

  7. Stephanie

    Kids are so perceptive and clever, aren’t they! Lately my Little Man will say he’s hungry and when I offer him a meal, he’d say not hungry for lunch, he ‘d hungry for lollies. This usually occurs after he’s had a lolly as a treat!

    1. Kathy Kruger

      It is funny Steph how there seems to be too separate stomachs – for dinner/lunch and the other for treats – no doubt which one seems to be able to hold more!

  8. coloursofsunset

    So I was probably about 9 or 10 years old when I, at the top of my lungs, called my sister a LESBIAN! I had no idea what it meant. I don’t even know where I heard it! Kids do say the darndest things…I just love “i’m boring!” instead of i’m bored. lol

  9. Carolyn Tate (@carolynwriter)

    Oh my, my oldest is about to turn 10 and I can see the attitude starting to take shape – I’m bracing myself! I think we should go easy on ourselves as far as recording it all goes, though. I reckon there is something to be said for just being in the moment and enjoying the giggles rather than writing it all down. At least, that’s what I tell myself as justification for the fact that in 10 years and 3 kids, I haven’t recorded a darn thing. 🙂

    1. Kathy Kruger

      I think around ten is when they seem to hit the attitude button, big time. And you’re right Carolyn about just enjoying the moment – the feelings we store in our memories are more important than the details.

    1. Kathy Kruger

      I think it’s the frequency of the eye roll that gets me, it’s like a permanent expression and she’s too old about the wind changing and your face being frozen forever. Thanks for visiting.

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