Kids Say the Darndest Things…


“We find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To make other people laugh is no great feat so long as one does not mind whether they are laughing at our wit or at us ourselves.”  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Every Thursday morning, I have the pleasure of opening up Poulsbo’s Historic Maritime Museum to acquaint visitors with Poulsbo’s history of logging and fishing.  One particular Thursday morning a gentleman stopped by to ask if it was OK to have groups of boys and girls from the Sons’ of Norway Summer Program visit our museum.  “Of course!” was my response… little did I know what I was letting myself in for!

As the morning grew to afternoon, suddenly a line of 16 little male bodies appeared as they romped and bounced down the sidewalk in as close to single file as young boys can possibly do at their age.  As they entered the museum, their teacher announced “Now, DON’T touch ANYTHING!”

Heck, kids have to have some fun and mischief so I instructed them on how to pump the fog horn so they could alert the ships to the danger of nearby land.  There is nothing like an ear blasting sound to excite the kids.  One after another child worked at pumping the horn to make it roar! I considered taking out my hearing aids.




Additionally, we have a ship’s bell at the “Captain’s Wheel” so I encouraged the boys to ring the bell too.  While the commotion was taking place one little boy walked up to me asking “How tall are you? You sure ARE tall!”  After my answer, he hit me with the next killer question… “How OLD are you?”  When I responded, the young man shrieked, “You SURE ARE TALL for being THAT old!”




Ok, I have white hair, or some might call it “blond” but age is in the eyes of the beholder, as I sure don’t feel old! Evidently, the young man disagreed with my thinking.

My friends laughed with me about my experience, then shared some of their tales.  One friend from my high school days discussed colors with her three year old grandson.  The color, yellow, came up and my friend’s grandson replied, “Like your teeth!”  After my friend picked herself off the ground from embarrassment and laughter, she decided she might need a whitening agent for her teeth after all!

One day another friend was quietly enjoying lunch at his favorite restaurant when a mother and her two young children sat at the table next to him. The one child, a young toddler, sat in a high chair, while the other sibling sat a long side.  The toddler made eye contact with my friend, and then the ESP kicked in as my friend hiccupped!  The toddler hiccupped in response, so the two seemed to communicate through continued hiccups, then the older sibling asked, “May I join in, in your conversation?”  So the three, two children and an older man, hiccupped in response to one another while the mother laughed so hard tears streamed down her face.

Children bring joy to our lives… OK, and some craziness!

About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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15 Responses to Kids Say the Darndest Things…

  1. I enjoyed reading this, Gwynn. This is a charming story and I’m glad you shared it. I had my own amusing encounter with a 5-year-old — who is highly articulate and hasn’t stopped talking in the year I have known him — just the other night, involving reading the writing on his T-shirt. I explained to him that if he looked down at the words he’d have to read them upside down and if he viewed them in the mirror they’d be backwards. Moments later, talking to someone else, he parroted what I said, assuring us that while he cannot read the words, he CAN read the letters. A bright, interested kid; and don’t we just love telling these stories that make us laugh!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi Samantha, it is GREAT to hear from you and I LOVED your story about the five year old. I probably should have asked everyone to share their story about kids. Kids say such fun, crazy things to brighten our day! Thanks for stopping by! Big hugs!

  2. pat garcia says:

    Amazing! How tall are you? A question that only a kid or an adult with a child’s heart can ask. And then the response. You sure are tall for being that Old. Which means I can’t believe you’re so old. You’re tall and sporty. 🙂

    I bet those little men had a ball with you and gave you enough giggles to brighten your entire week.
    Great article. I so believe that childish innocence is one of the most treasurable essences of a person’s life.

    I have smiled and laugh through your story. Your quotes are good, but your storytelling touched my heart. You’ve written an excellent story.
    Shalom aleichem,

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hey, I’m a short 5’10” without shoes! 😉 When I was single, I joined the Tall Club as a woman had to be at least 5’10” and a man had to be a minimum of 6’4″. When I went to Boating Day with the group, they suggested I stand in front, but I’m so used to seeing over everyone, I said, “NO.” Well, men and women there were 6’4″ to 6’8″ tall. I felt like I was in Kindergarten again trying to see over their shoulders! 😉

      Yes, the kiddos did brighten my day and created lots of commotion, but I LOVED it! The little young man saw my gray hair and figured I was one step from the grave! But I have SO laughed at his comment that I was SO TALL for being SO OLD!!! Age is your mindset!

      Thanks for your wonderful comment. I DO appreciate you. We need to Skype or email to catch up with one another. I want to know how you are doing!! Thanks again for your kindness and support. BIG HUGS!

  3. Tina Peterson says:

    Good to see a new post! Love the quotes!!

  4. susan scott says:

    Lovely to have a smile on my dial this sunny day here Gwynn thank you! I truly had a good laugh at all your stories!

    MANY years ago when I had my infant son with me at the bank, the bank teller said ‘o what a good looking grand child!’ Well, I repeated the story to my sister and that same day she had her infant daughter with her and someone complimented her on her sweet grandchild! And these were ADULTS making these comments.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      LOL! Oh Susan, and they say kids say the darndest things. I guess some adults never grew up, huh? Giggle, giggle, so did you pull your account and go to another bank after that teller’s comment? 😉

      I’m beginning to think I should collect comments that kids (and adults) make. It is great to laugh at these stories. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Mary Jo Doig says:

    Lovely, Gwynn! Thanks for writing about this!
    xo Mary Jo

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi Mary Jo,
      Thursday, last week, was so much fun, with lively little kids. There is nothing like a lot of craziness to bring JOY to one’s life, and I LOVED it! Smiles are needed and valuable… my oxygen!

      Thanks for stopping by to comment. Hugs!

  6. Kids can sure bring of joy into our lives. And a lot of headaches, of course, but in their own cute ways. I sometimes miss my son at 5ish, then I remember how much work that was for me. 🙂 I suppose it’s why having kids is a job for the young. 🙂
    Glad to see this post Gwynn. And such a great article, too. Made me smile.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I need a few more of these crazy situations to add joy to my life. Oh, I noticed that the fog horn disappeared out of the museum after this situation too. Maybe we drove the town of Poulsbo crazy that day! LOL! 😉 Hopefully, the fog horn will return.

      Yes, kids add “crazy” to our lives. I MISS not living closer to my grandkids but then after a day with them, I realize I need a vacation!

      Welcome home, and THANKS for reading and commenting.

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