The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

April 28, 2014

Children are precious and so funny

RICHMOND — I was just thinking the other day about how much I love children and enjoy interacting with them.

I’ll begin by sharing some funny experiences with my own children. I must ask my readers to forgive the naughty words. There is just no other way to relate these things that happened with my girls.

At about age 4, our oldest daughter Terry was outside playing with her neighborhood friends. Terry went to a neighbor’s house. These folks had no children so it was not the home of her playmates but a stranger. Terry knocked on the door, the lady answered and Terry asked her for a drink of water. She kindly gave her a drink.

Several days later the lady and Nancie encountered each other and the lady told Nancie about giving Terry a drink. We had a talk with Terry and told her she was not to ask neighbors for a drink of water.

Sometime later, a group of kids were once again playing together. The weather was hot and one of the mothers brought a pitcher of water and paper cups to give the kids a drink. Terry explained to her, “I can’t drink your water but a Pepsi would be alright.”

When Terry was in kindergarten, all of a sudden she began to use the word dammit. She actually seemed to know how to use it. She would stomp her little foot and say “dammit.’ We were horrified thinking, what must the teachers think about the child of a Baptist minister of music using that word. They must have thought she picked it up at home.

Upon questioning Terry, she named several of her classmates who used that word. Once again that called for a careful talk and explanation.

Several weeks later at the supper table, just out of the clear blue, Terry said, “I was a real good girl today.” When we asked what she had done she said, “I only said one little dammit.”

Our younger daughter Wendy was always a character. One Sunday morning when she was 4 years old, I went into her room to awaken her to get ready for church. When I first attempted, she said “I don’t want to get up.” I said, “You must get up so we can get ready to go to church.” She said, “I don’t want to go,” and turned over as if to go back to sleep. “I said, “You must get up so you can get ready to go to Sunday school to learn about Jesus.” Her answer nearly floored me. “I already know about Him.”

When Wendy was 6, she became very angry with her big sister and called her “stupid butt.” I quickly explained that that was not acceptable, that she was not to say that. Once again her reply was a total surprise. She said, “I hear the older kids say ‘dumb a_ _, and I knew you wouldn’t let me say that.”

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