The most humorous deep-rooted memory is not even from my own child but rather from my nephew.
I was about 22 years old and babysitting my brother and sister-in-law’s child. He was adorable (still is, just much bigger) and so young (a teenager now). I thought I would take him out somewhere to play and then maybe grab a bite to eat. Now, the multi-tasking came. I had to get dressed and make sure that he did not topple down the steep stairs. Instinctively, I took the toys and him with me to the bedroom. Good thinking, I thought. He played and I started to change my clothes. Slowly, he looked up at me in my underclothes and said very bluntly, ”You look much better with your clothes on.”
At this moment in time, I did not know how to respond besides saying, “Thank you, Jacob.”
I mentally curled up in a ball. I thought to myself that either he was insulting me or telling me how nice my outfit was; I went with the latter. Looking back, I think to myself, “Gosh, I was slim then and far more toned. What would he or others say now? Would they run in pure horror, shriek with extreme fear in an attempt not to be blinded?” But thinking back, I cannot help but laugh.
Now, have you ever used the tactic regarding the police with a recalcitrant child? You know…“If you continue, I will have to call the police or take you to the police”? There are some of us who have employed such a tactic as a last resort.
After various threats, my sister-in-law decided to pull the “police card.” This involved taking him to the station and possibly even spending some jail time (desperate times call for desperate measures).
Jacob looked at her, with that glint in his eye and said, “Drop me off there. I don’t mind. There is nothing wrong with it there.”
She was shocked and slightly dumbfounded that her tactic was not working. No panic nor fright had been instilled.
“What? Jacob, prison is a horrible place, no one wants to go there and some people that go there will never ever get out!”
Jacob looked at her again and in a slight escalation of tone, but extremely serious, said, “That is a lie. There’s nothing wrong with prison and you always have the chance to get out, Have you not seen Prison Break?”
I feel that we forget so much and I am sure that at their 18th birthday you would like to reveal these funny yet possibly challenging moments. If so, start writing these memories down today (it is never too late) and you know what, when their 18th comes, revenge (in a loving way) will be yours.
Now it’s your turn. What are the funniest things your kids have said? Share them with us in the comments below.