I was going through some old files the other day, and came across a scrap of paper on which I’d scribbled notes of things I heard the kids saying when they thought I wasn’t listening. I won’t tell you who said what, but have noted their ages. This was clearly during a time when everyone was discovering the amazing things their bodies could do.
- “Can you show me how to make my bed? You do SUCH a better job than I could ever do.” 5 year old to sibling.
- “Listen to this sound!” Child, buckled in booster seat, leans left, lifts right knee, thigh, buttock, and noisily lets loose a cloud of gas. Child giggles hysterically at wonderful new trick. Age 2.
- (5 year old to sibling) “Do you still pick your nose and eat the boogers?”
- Sound from the next room: Crash! Next sound, three-year-old’s voice, talking to sibling: “We better clean that up before Mom sees.”
- “Hey! Come back here and wipe your butt!” 6 year old to sibling.
- After a noisy release of gas, child, from car seat: “Wow that really smells! Smell me everyone! Smell my butt!” Age 2.
- “There are little trees in my nose that grow boogers.” 6 year old.