Friday, January 06, 2006

Kids say the darndest things

My nieces are spending the night.

I asked them if they bought any movies to watch here...and the older one (6 years old) starts some long-winded explanation (lots of kids stories are long winded and the thing is...it's a little bit like the old adage: "it's the journey, not the destination"...kids stories sometimes have no point, but their story-telling is fabulous!) about some movies they had rented to watch somewhere, but that we couldn't watch it here, because the rented movies were the "fat ones"...it took me a few seconds to realize they were talking about VHS video cassettes. I started laughing and realized what a HUGE generation gap I have with them. I mean, I guess some people were thinking that same about me when I had no idea what an 8-track was.

These are kids who knew how to use a DVD player and a computer before they knew their ABCs. But when faced with a VHS tape, it becomes the "fat things".

So, I start laughing and tease them. And the younger one explains, yeah...."fat"..."you know, like when you are pregnant?"

Man...I was really laughing then. I love it when kids have no idea why you are laughing.

Then they got into the bathtub, and were playing around with the bubbles, making beards. So I wanted to take a few pictures of the funny faces they were making, being careful to not stray into the kiddie porn department, when the younger one jumps up out of the water in what can be best described as a naked gymnast's landing pose with bubbles covering her face, and shrieks: "AUNTIE, take a PICTURE!" And I said: "no, no"...trying to discourage her exhibitionist tendencies and not relishing the thought of the special victims unit meeting with me when I tried to pick up my pictures in Walmart.

Oh man...spending time with my nieces on the one hand makes me look forward to having my own, but also reminds me of the incredible responsibility that raising these wonderful beings brings with it.

3 Comments:

Blogger bee said...

For me, the whole category of kids not knowing VCRs, etc. could be filed under "you know you're getting old when..." Yikes! :)

1:43 AM  
Blogger HookersGirl said...

Hey girl,
Iam making the same experiences with my niece right now. She is 15month old. It impresses me everytime, because she can't even talk in sentences yet ( just the cute babytalk where you interpret more in as what she actually says )yet but goes to the shelf where the DVD's are and picks her "kidsmovies" out. She also has those toys, the pretend to be a cell phone or a digital camera. I remember my toys almost 30 years ago..haha
children do the cutest things, for i.e. when she tries to say my name it sounds more like "claclacla" and my husband she calls" peet" ROFL ( I know it is more funny when you know my real name )

Anyway, Iam glad you have a great time with your family and I can't wait to see you VERY soon, girl!

3:22 PM  
Blogger Day by Day said...

Kids are wonderful and yes, they do say the darndest things... Cute story! :)

6:49 PM  

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