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First, let me say thank you for all the well wishes, congratulations, and good luck’s that I received on the news of my newest son’s birth. I am humbled by your kindness and support, and my wife and I thank you very much. I’ll be continuing my hiatus for a few more weeks so please bear with me; though I’m sure you’re enjoying these guest posts even more than my normal slop. It’s ok, you can admit it.
Today, our blog-napper is none other than Laine Griffin, a frequent reader and fabulous blogger in her own right. Here’s a brief bio on Laine, followed by her post, “Musings of a Six Year Old”. Enjoy and see you back here next week for another fabulous installment of “The Great Blog-napping of 2012”. Take it away, Laine!
Elaine Griffin blogs at The Laine List (http://www.thelainelist.com) (pronounced Lay-nee), where she writes about balancing work and family, being an organized disaster, and her quest to become a roller derby queen. She also blogs at Elaine Griffin Designs, (http://www.elainegriffindesigns) where she gives easy to understand tutorials and advice about WordPress and social media.
Musings of a Six-Year Old
Do you remember being six? I don’t, mostly because I’m pretty sure I peaked at five, which left me feeling sad and confused. I remain sad and confused to my lost childhood to this day.
I mention this because I have a six-year-old. And he says some of the craziest, bizarre things, and I’m trying to document some of them. Some things he says are so funny I can’t even correct him. For example, we think he had the Coxsackievirus a couple of weeks ago, which is a whole other post, but one morning he woke up sick to his stomach. He tried to throw up, couldn’t, and proclaimed:
“I’m so GLAD I’ve had my vetinus shot, or I KNOW I would have the chicken pox right now!”
Naturally, right?! No correction needed. It will now be known in our house as a vetinus shot forever.
One of the finest and most recent opportunities we have had to laugh at our son is in learning to play Monopoly, particularly when he is looking at the Community Chest and Chance cards. A beginning reader, he knows to look at the picture to extrapolate meaning. Generally he also looks at the words, but not so much when we are playing Monopoly. Why would you when the pictures are so neat and, as he says, “old-timey.”
So it gave me great joy this past weekend to sit with him and play, while also documenting what he thinks these cards mean.
Below are a few of my favorites:
Crushing houses while reading a book, collect $100.
Fainted. Have to go to the doctor, please collect $20.
Got too old and gave money to children, please collect $150.
Got into the country club and got too old, please collect $100.
So basically, he is funny AND an ageist. Nice.
Do you remember being six? What are some of the funny and bizarre things you used to say? And do you mind if I pretend I said them? Please help me fill in the blanks of my childhood!
I chanced across your blog while looking for monopoly cards to turn into labels for Christmas presents. “Crushing houses while reading a book” will go with some hardware store vouchers for a friend who has been renovating for a few years now. I was delighted to read your story and I will certainly pass on your son’s instructions to my friend. I remember making notes about some of the things that my sons said when they were six and your story inspired me to go looking for them. I haven’t found them yet but will keep looking. One of my sons has just become a father himself so I’m sure he will be taking notes in six year’s time too!
Bridget (@twinisms) said:
Funny and ageist? I think he’s my hero:)
Laine Griffin said:
mj monaghan said:
Awesome, Laine!! So classic from a six year old.
I loved “Got too old and gave money to children, please collect $150.” Hey, that’s what it looks like.
I just can’t remember that far back. 😦 Wish I had some great gem from the mid 60’s, but I got nothin’.
They are just so literal, aren’t they?! I love it.
A mid 60’s gem would be great – think on it! 😉
Emily Guy Birken said:
I still get teased for this, but when I was six, I told my parents I didn’t like little bits of food in my food. In particularly, I meant nuts in ice cream or chunks of fruit in yogurt, but they thought it was hilarious. I look forward to when my LO starts spouting his kidisms.
Emily that is so funny! I totally knew what you meant, though.
I remember a couple from my cousin and my sister. My sister once called my dad a “math quiz.” What she meant was math whiz, but that one stuck and we never let her live it down.
Another one was from my cousin – she was always wondering if people were being “startastic.” Another one that just won’t go away!
John Erickson said:
“Crushing houses while reading book”? So THAT is what I’ve been doing wrong all these years. And I thought it was just that I had no home-repair talent. 😀
Wow, 6 years old is lost in the fog of too much time and too many pain-killers. Besides, that was my time to be weird physically, rather than verbally. Like convincing myself I could leap from a 10-foot high porch out onto the grass, falling a few inches short, and cracking my head open. I never lost consciousness – I do actually remember that, because I greeted the nurses like old friends! (I had been in just a few weeks earlier with a mashed finger that needed stitches.)
Now I just SAY stupid things, rather than doing them. It requires fewer stitches – most of the time….. 😉 😀
Wow John sounds like one interesting life you have had! Thanks for sharing your story, and I think from now on you really should consider crushing houses while reading a book. You never know – it just might work! 😉
Thank you Jessie!
jesterqueen (@jesterqueen) said:
My favorite is crushing houses while reading a book. That’s really funny!!
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