If only I had a nickel for every time someone said to me, ” Your kids could be on that show…” Every time I have watch an episode of that famous t.v. show with Art Linkletter, or the newer version with Bill Cosby, I laughed myself to tears….this often happens in my house as well.
My kids really do say the darndest things. If the Taff’s had their own reality show, it would make you laugh out loud too.
Sometimes what they say is funny, but also embarrassing. Not that we have any secrets, but come on…my kids will tell you their entire life story as soon as you meet them.
Most of you know that we are a military family, and live in base housing. The first week at our new location, we went to the pool. An extremely nice lady came up and started small talk with the children. Right there is where I should have warned her. My kids know no small talk. It is ALL big talk with them, and once you start, you may as well have a seat, because they will talk your ears off… have no clue where they get his from *blush*
Through the conversation, I could tell that her husband was in the air force, and of a high rank. Remember this….we will get back to it.
She also made the mistake of asking my 6 year old son what he wants to be when he grows up…I will forgive her again, because he was in his bathing suit…so how was she suppose to know that he wears his Marine Corp flight suit on a daily basis? And, if I am washing it, then he wears his camis. (also known as fatigues) She could have never guessed that for the past 2 years he has had a Marine Corp birthday, and begging for one again next month…
or that his room is decorated in Marine Corp quilts, sheets, and decor. She also could have never guessed that he can name a Huey Helicopter or a Cobra from seeing them up in the air.
Nevertheless, she asked. So, this opened up a BIG conversation. To the point that he gets very detailed about being a Marine when he grows up, and how much he idolizes the USMC, and ends it all in a big “OOH RAH.”
Then she turns to Mr. Briggs, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
” I want to be in the Air Force!”
As soon as these words come out of his mouth, Deston steps in front of him, cups one hand over the side of his mouth, and in an exaggerated whisper says, ” He’s just little…he doesn’t know…..”
Yep, what do you do? Laugh? Apologize? Pretend you didn’t hear it? Remember -this is a wife of a high ranking AIR FORCE husband….
Well, needless to say, I just laughed. She and I both were able to find the humor in it all. As parents, we must remember that kids will be kids. They will say and do funny things. Their ears hear everything, and you never know what they will say and repeat. Sometimes, laughter is the best remedy. And maybe a nonchalant talk about it later.
What do you do, when your kids say the darndest things?
* I disclose: My family and I appreciate all branches of the military*