Oh kids, they say the darndest things! (Not Parker...not yet!)
Example #1 (Jude, friend, age 5)
You've heard me tell you funny stories from our little friend, Jude. You may recall he was slightly disappointed that we didn't name our baby "Usher." Well, his family came to visit us a few weeks ago for their final trip to Little Rock. When talking about us moving, he asked "Are you moving to Big Rock?"
Example #2 (Anonymous, nephew, age 4)
I asked this particular nephew (identity not being disclose to protect those involved) to leave the bedroom so I could put my pajamas on. He looked at me strangely and asked, "Why do you wear pajamas?" I told him I was putting them on so I could get ready to go to bed. His reply: "Oh, my mom and dad don't wear pajamas...they sleep naked." Oh my! TMI!
Example #3 (Natalie, niece, age 10)
Where you find Parker, you will find Natalie if we are all together. So last weekend we almost always had Natalie in the car with us. This once shy girl has really come out of her shell. On one particular car trip, she informed Matt and I that her family was "gross." When asked why she said that, she proceeded to outline at least one feature for each family member (except herself of course) which gave them the label "gross". She told us about mom's bad habit scratching her head, dad's daily bathroom trip (and when Matt asked her why...she was like "duh..#2), and something about Nathan's underwear. The best part was texting my sister to tell her that Natalie was telling us these family secrets...and watching them sweat over what we had learned!
Example #4 (Cole, nephew, age 6)
While dressing Parker one day, our nephew Cole watched. We told him that the outfit Parker was wearing came from Texas. He asked, "Has he been to Texas?". I told him that he had, but he was still in my tummy. Matt then told him that Parker had been to Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, and Illinois. Cole, who has speech difficulties, then asked "Has he been to Boobie?" (meaning, the small town of Boody that is just minutes from our hometown.)
Example #5 (Nathan, nephew, age 8)
So I saved my favorite for last. If you have ever met Nathan, this story probably won't surprise you. The setting: my grandpa's funeral. Since my grandpa had lived 94 years (quite amazing), his funeral wasn't a boo hoo affair. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Nathan during the service --no, not because he likes me, but rather, he wanted first dibs on Parker after the service. Near the end of the service, the minister had people in the crowd stand and share stories about grandpa. After a brief silence, she asked "Does anyone else have any stories or memories they would like to share?" Nathan leaned over and asked me in all seriousness, "Does it have to be about him?" Oh thank goodness he asked! Who knows what he would have said!!