Thursday, November 20, 2008

Kids say/do the darndest....

I realized that it's been a bit since my last post but honestly I haven't had much to blog about. Something did come up with Jacob the other day and it reminded me of something Luke related that happened a couple of months ago.
First, Jacob - I've been thinking a lot about Jacob being in first grade at a public school, being there more then at home and being around friends, that I don't know, all day long. I've been wondering when he will start "learning" things from his friends. Well, it finally happened. The other day Ben was downstairs playing around with the kids and Jacob said something about the "F word" (that's exactly what he said "F word"). I thought to myself oh man, already? He's too young to hear that word. So, Ben started talking to him about it. Telling him that some people say things that we aren't supposed to say. Jacob was saying stuff like "I don't know why they call it that" "I don't understand why it's called the F word". That kind of got Ben (and me) wondering what the word really was that he had heard. It's kind-of funny now that I think back on it but we were asking him like "what does it sound like?" "what are some of the letters in it". We started to get very confused because there was an "M" and a "Q" and he saying the first word starts with and the second word has. We just got the feeling that it really wasn't the actual "F word" that we were thinking of. Finally Ben took Jacob away from his brother and told him that he wanted to know what the word was. At this point we were pretty sure it wasn't what we were thinking it would be and we wanted to make sure that he didn't think something was a bad word that really wasn't. So Jacob got really serious, a little afraid that he was going to get in trouble even though Ben assured him he wouldn't, and said, very slowly "Oh Queen Mother!" and then just looked at Ben. I was around the corner but I could just feel the tension as Ben was trying not to laugh. The poor kid thought he had said something horrible. We explained that it was not the "F Word" and it was an ok thing to say. We've had a few laughs about that.
Now Luke - In our neighborhood we have a lot of kids and as you know kids teach each other things. Well, within the first couple of weeks at our new place the two older boys heard that the middle finger, when put up by itself, was not a good thing. I don't exactly how it all happened but Jacob used to point a lot with his middle finger so maybe they saw that and said something about that not being good. They asked us about it and of course we told them that it was a very bad thing to do and we didn't ever want to see them doing it. Well, one day we were shopping at Costco. We were done and walking out. Ben was pushing the cart with the two younger kids and I was holding Luke's hand walking behind Ben. I looked down at Luke just in time to see him look up a guy we were walking by and flash the middle finger. I was horrified when I saw it happen. It was like in slow motion. My mind was saying "No don't do that! Don't flip him the bird!!" We stopped and I told Ben. He took Luke back to the guy and had him apologize then took him to the car. He will likely not be doing that again. I actually saw the guy walk out just a little after we did, he was with a friend and they were cracking up about it. I'm glad he wasn't mad. That would have made it worse. We've also laughed about that one more then once. Still are to tell the truth.




I wonder how many more things like this are going to happen to us in the next few years. I'm sure many. I will do my best to pass the memories along so you can get a laugh along with us.


14 comments:

Josh R said...

One of my kids told a grandparent that my wife and I where "The F Word"

Upon some careful inquiry, Grandparent figured out that "The F Word" was "Fat"

Shiloh said...

That is so funny! I can't wait until Hannah starts talking.
Your kids sound like they are really sweet!

Kimberly said...

I've always wondered what Luke was thinking when he did that. Like, did he want to see if he'd really get in trouble for it? Or did the whole discussion just pop into his head, and he did it before he remembered the "that's bad" part?

Wouldn't it be so fun just to understand why kids do the things they do? Their thought processes are so different from ours!

Ali said...

Oh my goodness, having two boys of similar ages myself, I can totally relate! Sadly, those aren't the worst things that are going to happen, I'm sure!

Just want you to know you're very good parents...keep up the great work :)

The Jernigan Family said...

I am so glad you guys get to go through this first, so I can learn your great parenting techniques. I am curious where the Oh queen mother came from and why he thought it was bad...kids do say the darndest things! Your kids are so well behaved and it is awesome that they come and talk to you about things they are unsure of. Oh the joys I get to look forward to. Are you still watching Grey's? Me and Andrea are getting a little sick of the laim writting. Love ya

The Jernigan Family said...

That would be fun to do the half birthday's all together! Maybe around Katy's 4th of July party, we could do it the next day or something since alot of us are there anyways. That would be fun!
Happy Thanksgiving to you guys too!

Becky said...

Oh my gosh I'm crying from laughing so hard. Tell Ben I could tell a few stories about what he used to say at that age. Hmmm? Maybe it is time for another installment of Little Brother Chronicles? Ha Ha...

Tell Lukey I'm sorry he got hurt again. : )

Angie said...

So I found out the story about the Oh Queen Mother (I talked to my neighbor). It's from the movie The Christmas Story. The part where they are fixing the tired and all the stuff starts rolling down the hill and the little boy (how dare I forget his name!!) says "Oh Fuuuudddgggeee!!!" I'm not real sure the whole thing but somewhere in there they say something about that being the All Queen Mother of bad words. That would be the reason why they were calling that the F word. HAHAHA I laughed when I heard it all.

Becky said...

I knew it! I was actually going to say that in my comment. The "F Word" is the Queen of All Curse Words. I can quote that movie by heart. : )

Becky said...

His name is Ralphy!

Becky said...

amy.loves.you.i love sarah. i iove luke. i love jacob. i love uncle ben. i love zac.i love everyone.

love,
amy.

Becky said...

OK...so here is the actual quote from the movie:

Only I didn't say "Fudge." I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word!

Grandma said...

It's great to start out the day with such a great laugh. I laughed almost as hard at all the comments. That's the Queen Mother of blog posts! Grandma

Hilty Sprouts! said...

Oh Queen Mother that was funny!!! I am just rolling!

Jennifer