I remember reading a regular section in my grandmothers Reader's Digest Magazine called "Kids Say the Darndest Things." Even as a kid myself I enjoyed reading that part of the magazine. Now that I am a grandmother I often reflect back on those articles when my own grandkids say something that I think is especially funny.
With my granddaughter being 2-1/2 years old, we are always saying things to her, like "I am so proud of you" when she does something wonderful like use the potty chair or when she feeds herself without making a complete mess of herself and the two people seated on either side of her. I often wondered if Sydney really understood what "I'm proud of you" really meant. Then one day she said one those "darndest things" and I knew for sure that she really does understand what it means.
Nanny the Skillful Driver
As you know my grandkids come to work with my daughter in my baby store. One day I needed to run some errands around town so my granddaughter Sydney and I headed out to my van in the alley parking area behind my store. I normally am among the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night so I rarely experience any issues with parking. But on this day, I discovered that the other cars had filled the parking area and were now parked very close to the driver side of my van. On the passenger side sat a huge trash bin that had just been emptied and now sat at an angle precariously close to my van.
Sydney and I had to enter on the passenger side of the van then figure out how to get out of this tight space without hitting another car, the trash bin, or the building right behind us. I was talking to myself as I pulled up and back in little increments to get my vehicle maneuvered out of this spot. [Side note: I always think out load around babies, I think it makes them feel that I am talking directly to them :) ] So Sydney is listening to me and watching my movements out the window from her seat directly behind me.
It takes me several minutes to get my van out of the parking spot but I finally accomplish it. From the back seat I hear Sydney clapping her hands and she says, "Oh Nanny, I So Proud of you!" I nearly cried at that moment because I realized that not only did she truly understand what we mean when we tell her that we are proud of her accomplishments, she even knew how to use it herself. She really was proud of me. :-)
PS: Share the cute, funny, shocking, adorable, insightful and intelligent things that your kids & grandkids say...I would love to hear about them!