Out of the Mouths of Babes

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Both of my daughters are an endless source of entertainment…well, most of the time.  Today, not so much. Anyway, my two-year-old really keeps me in stitches most days with the things she says, such as the song she made up in the car yesterday that went something like this: “Boogers. Boogers. Everybody has boogers on them.” Children don’t come into this world equipped with a filter between their brains and their mouths. In a slow, arduous, and usually embarrassing process, we have to teach them not to speak out loud every thought that comes to mind.  I’m sure you can think of plenty examples, even if you don’t have your own children, of awkward or embarrassing things kids say to or about other people…loudly…in public. Granted, their words don’t generally embarrass them, only their parents. One of my favorites: a friend told me her niece walked up to a woman (whom my friend knew well) and told her, “Your hair is scaring me.” This precious girl was simply expressing something most of us felt, but would never have uttered aloud. Her mother stood there mortified, while everyone else was busy wetting themselves they were laughing so hard.


My sweet two-year-old made some observations of her own a few weeks ago in the bathroom at the commissary. (For those of you who are non-military, a commissary is a grocery store on a military installment where we don’t pay taxes, and we can buy things like milk and meat really, really cheap.) The commissary I frequent is a half hour drive from my house without traffic. Often by the time I finally arrive, I have to make a quick pit stop. On one such day, my daughter and I went into the stall, and as I sat down on the toilet, she observed, “Your bobum (“bottom”) is big. My bobum is little.” I laughed and agreed with her. At this point, another woman walked into the restroom and sat down in the stall next to mine.  Unfortunately, my girl was not finished with her observations for the day. Next, she asked me, “And why your bobum has hair?” At this, I started laughing really hard, which apparently made the woman next to me realize that it was okay to laugh too. When we came out of the stall to wash hands, she looked over at me with an embarrassed smile. I told her it was a shame she had missed out on the earlier observation about bobum sizes. This early twenties woman with no children of her own laughed again, and I thought, “You just wait…your day of humbling will come. Mark my words, it will come.”


5 Responses to “Out of the Mouths of Babes”

  1. Sally says:

    Oh, how I needed that laugh tonight! And I must admit, of the stages I miss, the “Say anything that comes to mind” stage is not one of them! Though my youngest is still holding on to that one… as we were at a nursing home yesterday visiting his great-grandmother, and there was a gentleman who only had one eye, and Colin announced at the top of his lungs “Oh MY GOSH, What HAPPENED to your EYE? If you had a PATCH you could be a PIRATE!”

    My only hope is that the man was too senile to understand what he was saying… sigh,..

    • migratorymama says:

      I’m just spreading the joy… :)
      Speaking of needing a laugh, Colin CRACKS ME UP! How did you not laugh when he said that??? I miss y’all!

  2. Barb Crouse says:

    Ah, the joys of motherhood… Cute!

  3. Kathryn Hass says:

    LOVE IT!!! I’ve had a few funny one’s lately, and embarrassing ones too….how do we get the filter to work? Eric likes asking the kids where his hair is (he’s bald ya know)…both kids scream, “your chest”…And of course when do you get a shower alone? I’m always greeted with one or the other as I step out and you can imagine their looks sometimes. 😉 MISS YOU!

    • migratorymama says:

      I miss you too, Kat! I’m not sure how long it takes for the filter to become fully functional. Your kids (or perhaps you) are nicer about where daddy’s hair is going…I’ve trained mine to say, “your back!”

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