I’ve enjoyed the company of my youngest brother and his family this week. As we laughed about funny things we remember from childhood, it occurred to me that there are lots of funny and poignant moments that can get lost in a day if we let them. I keep saying I’ll start writing them down, but I haven’t done it yet, probably because I haven’t found an efficient system for doing so.
So I’ll start here, and this will be my jumping off point. Someday when my children are older, we’ll all have a good laugh (or cry) remembering these stories. With a little luck, this will be the first of many more collections.
These are some of the things recently overheard in our little corner of the world:
- “Get your onomatopoeia right…” (My daughter to my son, who had chosen the wrong sound-effect for his story.)
- “I’m on the phone. You have two parents. Go find the other one!” (This one needs no explanation. Every adult reading this understands.)
- “My mom made me email Mark Zuckerberg to ask permission to have a Facebook account because I wasn’t 13 yet…” (True story.)
- “Get your gun barrel out of my pancakes!” (To my son, who had brought one of his eleventy billion guns to the breakfast table.)
- “Hey Mom, I need an opinion: the blue shirt or the red one? Blue? But I like the red one better…” (Then wear the doggone red shirt and quit asking for an opinion that you clearly didn’t need!)
- “Mom, now that I’m 5 I’m gonna call you ‘Mom’ instead of ‘Mama’…”
- “Hey Aesop, could you stop talking during the movie?” (To my son, who was in the middle of his third story. The whole episode convinced my daughter that you can’t watch a shoot-’em-up movie with men.)
- “Please come get your gun off the dining room table.” (See gun barrel comment above.)
- “Ewwww! You didn’t suck the gutter!” (A reference to cleaning off the soda that collects on the top of a soda can.)
- “Tonto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…” (a flubbed reference to The Wizard of Oz.)
There are so many share-worthy conversations that go on in our houses every day. You likely have some great ones yourself. Write them down somewhere. Write them down here. Share them. If you already have a good system for capturing these moments, please share what you know with me. I, and others who are organizationally challenged like me, can use the help. Really.
Take time to appreciate the dialogue in your house among your family members. I’ll do the same. And when our kids are older and reminiscing, we’ll have all their cringe-worthy moments saved in print. (And the charming ones too.)