Saturday, February 6, 2010

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Did I mention that in addition to being absolutely gorgeous, my children are geniuses?    I know.  All parents say this about their progeny.

At least I've never heard anyone say, "My Junior is such a freakin' idiot.  And so ugly too.  Poor lil' guy."

The phrase "a face only a mother can love" somewhat describes this biological phenomenon.  It keeps us from wanting to eat our young.  At least until they are teenagers.

Anyhoo...

My offspring really do have a knack for coming out with profound statements. 

Just yesterday, I was awoken long before my usual 5am internal alarm to musical noises coming from the room next door. 

With remains of sleep holding my eyelids down to half mast, I stumbled into Spiderman's room (referring to my son who just turned five last Sunday).  Spidey was sitting up in bed, eating a cookie and playing his Nintendo DS.

I whined, "What on earth are you doing awake so early?  It's still night. You should be sleeping."

"But Mumma, I couldn't sleep," Spidey replied. "My belly was empty and my brain was full!"

Out of the mouth of babes indeed.  It made me think of the many nights I've myself woken up at 2am, mind racing and belly gurgling.  (Okay, maybe sloshing or groaning depending on the day.)

If anyone else has ever had this problem, Spidey's words provide the solution:  Before bed, make sure both belly and brain are taken care of in the appropriate proportions.

Sibling rivalry being what it is, my 10-year old Miss M. heard that I had posted Spidey's words of wisdom on Facebook yesterday and wanted in on the action.

As we reminisced about some of her more profound thoughts, I told her I would share one of my favorites on my blog today. 

Lil' Miss M. was not too much older than Spidey is now when we had a conversation about how some of her friends were afraid of the dark.  She was baffled.

"You know Mommy, the dark isn't even a thing.  All that dark means is that there's no light," she explained.

She further clarified, "So really, what they're afraid of is the missing light.  How can you be afraid of something that's not there?"

Profound, right?   A real thought twister.

There have been a few dark days since Miss M. first shared that insight with me.  It has helped me a lot to keep her words close and always think about how I can bring more light into my life.

Like I said, my kids are brilliant.

Naturally.



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37 comments:

john said...

wow miss m is a genious!

but my kid giggles when she farts

Charlene said...

LOL @ John. That's YOUR kid alright!!

Chanda the Eco-Cheap Mom said...

Smart kids you have!

Tony Anders said...

Kids words are food for the soul, and thanks for sharing the words of your younguns'!

Kathleen said...

I am always amazed at the wisdom children share with us! Happy Sits Saturday!

Sarah said...

And I'm pretty sure they got that from their mom!

Serenityville said...

seriously - brilliant! Now that I'm around kids more often, and experienced with regularity the amazing things they say, I'm starting to wonder why we're so impressed. Is it that we tend to look at them as incomplete people? When in fact they are in most ways 100% them right now? Or have we forgotten to live in the moment long enough to let our own spontaneity and creativity be expressed so intelligently?

Linda said...

Love it when my kids are smarter than me. It makes feel like I've created something bigger than myself and the world will still be in balance when I leave it because my kids bright minds are there to fill it.

Love your blog. Thank you for visiting mine:) Happy SITS Saturday!

Melissa @ Cellulite Investigation said...

Wow, Miss M. is quite impressive! Last time I stayed at my brother's house, my niece was so excited, she could barely sleep. She actually woke me up in the middle of the night (for the 20th time) to tell me how excited she was that she was able to fall back asleep.

Charlene said...

Thanks for the comments! She really IS impressive (and Spidey too). My dear hubby insists it's HIS genes. But ya'll and I know better. LOL!

BLOGitse said...

oooh, kids are great!
'How can you be afraid of something that's not there?'
Exactly. We adults are so spoiled, silly...why couldn't we stay open minded and spontaneous as we were at that age...sigh!

BLOGitse

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

Your Spidey is right on-- he's definitely diagnosed the source of my sleeping problems! This post is so adorable-- and so are your kids' quotes :)

Thanks for the visit to my blog earlier. I hope you end up finding a sitter for Valentine's Day-- if not, mac & cheese is always tasty, grown up version or straight out of the blue box!

~Elizabeth
Confessions From A Working Mom

Fergitude said...

I'll have to keep Miss M's words in mind for when I'm in the "dark". Thanks for your comment. I really like your energy, attitude and humor!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Miss M needs to be a philosophy major. I am impressed! :)

Kirsty said...

Definite pearls of wisdom, your children are indeed geniuses.

plainolebob said...

Charlene have they given you their pick for the super bowl.
stay out of the snow.
big hugs

Crystal said...

So sweet! It's great that you're writing this stuff down. I'd love to have my mother's thoughts and stories from when I was young. :)

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foxy said...

They ARE geniuses!! The lack of light thing is very interesting indeed.

hypermom said...

Children are such keen observers and intuitive thinkers, really! My brain is full super hits the mark!

TC said...

My daughter came home from kindergarten and said she knew how people had sex.
She meant she had heard they were SEXY if they had their clothes off. Wasn't nearly as bad as I thought, after I choked @ the dinner table.

Crystal Escobar said...

I LOVE hearing what little kids say. It's just so cute. I'm actually collecting cute little things my daughter says and saving them for a post like this down the road.

Crystal Escobar said...

Did you get my last comment? I'm not seeing it. Anyway, I'm following you now, love your blog :)

Charlene said...

Thanks Crystal! Sorry for the delay with the Comment Moderation. Looking forward to reading your "out of the mouths of babes" post too! :-)

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

I always thought that if I could keep one step ahead of my kids I'd be doing okay. I had know idea that I'd actually have to run to keep up with them!

Stopping by from SITS to say hello!

Maria said...

Stopping by from SITS. From the mouths of babes indeed!

The Guy's Perspective said...

It's one of the things I used to enjoy as a teacher, and now a parent. Kids are smart, witty and profound. It will keep us young for sure.

Your daughter's insight was pretty deep.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Stopping from SITS! What profound statements!

Kate said...

OH very good point on the dark. Darn out out smarted by a toddler.

Kate xxx

Sarah said...

These are adorable. I can't wait until my little one starts talking. I just want to know what will come out of her mouth!!

Sandra@threepumpkinslittle.squarespace.com said...

Oh these comments made me smile! I love listening to our little ones talk...just the other day, our 4 yr old asked a clementine if it wanted to get naked :).

Melissa B. said...

Kids say the darnedest things, don't they?

Acting Balanced Mom said...

Glad you are recording their brilliance for posterity ... stopping by from SITS

Raymonde said...

Just pop over from SITS, I like your humour. Happy blogging!

Tickled Pink Twice said...

You have to love kids and their thoughts.

Stopping over from SITS.

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

Your kids are geniuses. I love the empty belly full brain. That is just too cute.

Hannah said...

Kids truly do say the "darnedest things" that make us love them so much.

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