The holiday season is in full swing and the spirit of the year can be found all around us. Everywhere I turn I see beautiful wreaths hung with red ribbon, trees twinkling in the night, and smiles on the faces of strangers. I absolutely adore the generosity and purity that flows within us this time of year. I sincerely hope my children will learn and understand the importance of giving to others. I pray that I teach them to hold dear their loved ones and to cherish their friendships, their health, and their opportunities in life.
After a few recent conversations with my six-year-old Ella, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the magic and innocence of childhood. That, and the fact that she made me laugh, a lot.
The Spirit of Remembrance:
Ella: Mom, I need the binoculars.
Me: For what?
Ella: So I can go outside and look for Great Grandma Nonny in the sky.
Me: Okay, but it’s kind of cloudy out so you might not see her.
Ella: Oh. Oh well then maybe I can see a bird poop while it’s flying.
The Spirit of Knowing Who’s Boss:
Me: Ella, you forgot to make your bed this morning.
Ella: I know mom. It’s just that I have coat room clean-up at school this week.
Me: Well that’s no excuse for not helping out at home.
Ella: Mrs. M said that coat room was my only chore for the week.
Me: At school, not at home.
Ella: Oh yeah. And she is bigger and older than you. And she wears red lipstick.
The Spirit of Conversation:
Me: Ella, what do you want Santa to bring you this year?
Ella: A canopy.
Ethen (my four-year-old): A can of what?
Ella: A canopy.
Ethen: A can of PEE? <giggle>
Me: No potty talk. <Snort>
The Spirit of Supporting Our Troops:
Ella: I want to join the army.
Me: When did you decide that?
Ella: When I saw how much stuff they had there.
Me: What are you talking about?
Ella: At that place where they have tons of stuff. I really want to join there.
Me: Are you talking about the Salvation Army?
Ella: Yep. That’s it. Can I join?
The Spirit of Friendship:
Ella: Who is ‘Tot’ and where does she live?
Me: What? Who?
Ella: You know, that girl named Tot. I heard she gets tons of toys.
Me: You mean Toys for Tots?
Ella: Yes. Can you call her mom for a play date?
The Spirit of Health:
Ella: Mom, can we do yoga together?
Ella: Okay, just bend over and I’ll climb up on your back.
Me: Ummmm. What yoga pose is that?
Ella: The one where you carry me around the house until your legs fall off.
Ella: Come on, it will be good for you.
I just have to say… your kids are awesome. LOL
And about the can of pee comment… Get used to it. My son is 12 and he giggled at that.
Thank you Mary! The pee comment was quite a hit over here as well!
That was hi-larious! Thanks for the laugh. 🙂
Love the one about the teacher being older and bigger. Since when do teachers trump moms?
Seriously! Teachers are the boss according to my daughter!
A friend shared this one recently: While watching football on tv, an 11 yr-old asks “What’s reptile dysfunction?” Her quick-thinking grandmother said “That’s when your frog has lost its get-up-and-go.” (Never mind that I believe frogs are amphibians!)
Too funny! I’ll have to share that one!
Thank you for the morning laughter!
Thank you for reading! I am truly humbled to know that people even take the time to read my blog! Much love!
Oh my goodness I was giggling as I read this. Thank you. This is great. I love the little minds of children.
Thanks Rachel! I also want to let you know how much I have been enjoying your blog posts! You are a wonderful photographer and your little boys are perfect!
Thank you, I love reading your blog too 🙂
Thank you! I love reading your blog too 🙂 They make me smile!
Ha! LOVED this! Thanks for the laugh!
🙂 those were awesome! Kids? Where do they come up with stuff…….made me laugh!
I wanted to add a funny! My 6yr old son said he was getting fat while trying to push his stomach out and i replied whatever your anorexic and he replied no im not im mexican! Made us all laugh
I have a book that I’ve been keeping for years and in it I scribble all kinds of funny things my kids say (and then when my boys aren’t looking I publish their words on the internet). This was hilarious and heart-melting and happyyyy! Thank you.