When kids get it [adorably] wrong


My kids are pretty young, which has its downsides.  There are lots of little tasks, like brushing teeth and tying shoes, that still require our help.   Concepts like “Mommy and Daddy would like to talk for a few minutes without interruption” are hard for the three-year-old mind to grasp (and, frankly, hard for the five-year-old mind to grasp, too).  Toughest of all, we’re not out of the diaper woods yet, even though it feels like we’ve been wandering in them about as long as the Israelites wandered in the desert.  So yes, a part of me looks forward to those mythical Easier Years when the boys will dress/bathe/shoe themselves and I will no longer have to hold an odiferous pull-up at arm’s length while scurrying to the trash bin.

That said, there are things my kids do right now that bowl me over with their cuteness.  There are things they say that make me grab the pen and notebook and put their quotations down in writing, so these observations don’t slip through the cracks of my memory and disappear forever.  And some of the most memorable of these quotations are when the kids get something wrong.

To wit:

*About a year ago,  Matthew informed me that he goes to a “Montessaurus school.”  (I believe the “Montessaurus” was the dinosaur who learned at his own pace and got to choose his own activities.)

*On Easter Sunday, my mom the Easter bunny put a plastic Slinky into each of the boys’ baskets.  According to Luke,  the Easter Bunny gave him a “Stinky.”  It’s an honest mistake, really, if you figure that “stinky” is a word with which he is not unfamiliar (see reference to pull-ups, above).

*While watching a nature show, Matthew commented on the fact that some animals are chased by “creditors.”  (I actually think that one is brilliant.  Being deeply in debt, being stalked by a lion through the savannah — it’s probably pretty much the same feeling.)

What are your favorite “kid sayings”?  Have your own kids (or grandkids, siblings, cousins, etc.)  gotten a word or saying adorably wrong?

5 responses to “When kids get it [adorably] wrong

  1. Oh how wonderful! Stinky! Montessaurus!

    Erica was about 10 when she got her first iPod, a decision I was not really keen on. However, as the tech parent, I was the alleged helper. (She figured the whole thing out in minutes, without me.) That said, I was very clear about songs – nothing with explicit lyrics!

    One day a few weeks into it, she seemed out of sorts. When I asked what was wrong, the cheeks reddened like apples in the fall, her lip was quivering like you can’t imagine and big, huge tears began to roll slowly down her face. What could have happened?

    She said that she downloaded a song by accident and it was “EX-plict!” She was so sorry, and she kept saying, “I did not know it was the EX-plict one, I swear, I’m sorry!” For about the next 6 months, she never pronounced the word correctly. To this day, I still love that mispronunciation. At at 15, God only knows what “EX-plict” songs lurk on her devices… *sigh* We try, we try.

  2. Ethan used to call a helicopter a “harparpa” and to this day I will point and ask if he saw the “harparpa”. He cringes but I love it! 🙂

    Another one by Ethan – we have a friend who is a firefighter and his name is Steve. Ethan who switches F’s and Ps (like some Filipino people) used to call him “Pirepighter Peeve.”

    Last but by no means least – Ethan got mixed up one day as we were on the train going past Burlingame – he asked if that was where his DogFather Jay lived. That name has stuck! 🙂

  3. EX-plicit: I love it! I may have to pronounce it that way myself now.

    Sarndra, the “Dogfather” thing is priceless. And “harparpa” makes me smile, too. That’s our Ethan!

  4. Okay, I have a book. Literally. One of my sons constantly mispronounced things. When I was on the phone he would ask if it was okay if he “erupted,”; he called swim suits “suitcases” and dimples “nipples”; once when he wanted some more licorice he asked (in public) if he could have some more “liquor.” I don’t even want to say how “pumpkin farm” came out sounding! When he wanted to know how many days away something was he asked how many “sleeps” it was going to be.

  5. “Liquor” for licorice! I love it. You’re lucky no one overheard and called CPS. 🙂 What great stories to embarrass him with when he’s a little older …