Last week, I posted "Cryin' Over Bernie Mac... Abby Doing Craps... Funny Things Your Kids Say" and asked you guys to leave a comment with your "funny things kids say". We were flooded with emails about how enjoyable that post was. It was so funny and so popular, I had way more than enough content (even after removing the stories about INNOCENT but not very nice words) to create a new book. It is going to be ready to print next week. (everyone who is included gets their screen name and blog address published...)
Because that brought so much laughter and joy to people, we thought it would become the perfect theme for us to do every week. We all have funny "stuff" about our families and kids, and we could all use a GOOD LAUGH every week during our busy and often hard lives.
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Each week, we'll introduce a theme, and write our "Laughter Lives" post, and then it's YOUR turn. Together we should be able to cheer up a LOT of people each week, and provide a respite of joy and laughter for a lot of hurting hearts!
Laughter Lives Tuesday
This week's theme is "things our kids have done" that are either rib-splitting hilarious or embarrassed the stew out of us. Here's a few to kick off the party:
Landis Changes His Mind
Landis, two years old, was sitting at the table in the kitchen while I (Brent) was cooking dinner.
I was talking about something to Garrett (16 year old brother), and Landis bellows out a command in our direction: “I said BE quiet!”
I looked over at him with my best “oh no you didn’t” mad Drill Sargeant look, and asked him:
“WHAT did you say???”
Landis with a completely changed tone and demeanor, sheepishly informed me, “I said, I sowwry”.
[pic: Landis gets busted trying to low crawl away with his ill-gotten tootsie roll.]
Garret Does Fireballs
Okay, he's going to kill me for telling you this one, but we have laughed over it for years. A few years ago, he's 16 now, Garrett came into possession of a entire bag of Atomic Fireballs. All was well that Friday evening as we went to bed, and left him to enjoy a movie and his fireballs in the living room.
The next morning, I walk down the hall, and I was immediately puzzled to find several "half consumed" fireballs on the floor. Then I go into the bathroom, and there are several more on the sink, and a bunch in the bathtub... all HALF eaten, sucked on, consumed... whatever. Sticky, half-gone-atomic-fireballs.
So I trek off to the living room to find him, and there are about 20 more fireballs on the living room floor here and there. When I asked him "WHY????" he had absolutely no explanation, just that he loved fireballs. He genuinely had no good reason why he would suck on one for a little bit, then just discard it whereever he was. Not put in the trash, not in one pile, just randomly, all over the house, wherever he happened to be. Bizarre!!
All of us, even him, still get a roaring laugh out of remembering that scene even now. It was even more funny because he simply had no answer or reason why he did it. It just "was".
My Brothers Kid
We are sitting it the back of a big church one Sunday. My older brother and his family were up in the second row with their children. The Preacher is a-preachin' away.
Their five year old girl gets up, leaves the auditorium to go to the bathroom or something. When she comes back in, she starts tip-toeing down the aisle, stealth mode, slowly sneaking up to the front row. This was a 100 ft of aisle, and everyone she passes can hardly keep from laughing, and the Preacher is now sneaking curious glances her way, trying to act like nothing is happening.
She gets all the way down the aisle to the 2nd row, creeps up behind her Daddy, and yells "BOO!!!!!!" at the top of her lungs. The whole church erupted in a roar, even the Preacher had to simply stop, laugh, and acknowledge the obvious. I bet God even got a laugh out of that one! Blessed are the children...
Out of 500 hundred people busting a gut laughing, there were only TWO who were not. Can you guess which two people were NOT laughing?
Sami Learns English
Sami is 10 years old from Ethiopia and is just learning English. The other day I was pestering her and teasingly said "get over here so I can whomp your fanny..." to which she replied, "You can whip yo' momma's fanny!" Ah, America... where kids learn "yo mama" before they even learn proper English.
Weenie, Weenie, Weenie
Like any family, we have some words that our kids will try out, and then we tell them “we don’t say that word.” Like any family, we have kids who figure out ways to beat the system. Even kids with cancer are still kids.
Abby decided the other day to declare to all of us that “Landis has a weenie”, which of course he does, and which of course we already knew. But “weenie” is obviously one of those “hee, hee… snicker, snicker” words for a three year old.
We laughed the first time she said it, and that just spurred her to greater heights. So I had to tell her, “Abby, don’t say weenie. That’s enough, don’t say it again.”
Not to be deterred, she now obediently informs us: “We can’t say weenie. Daddy said don’t say weenie. I don’t say weenie. Weenie is not a word we can say. So I don’t say weenie anymore.”
So as you can see, Abby no longer says “weenie”.
Okay, now it's YOUR turn.
Here's how you get your link on our blog for "Laughter Lives Tuesday!":
- Go to your blog, create a new post for "Laugher Lives Tuesday!". Start by copying and pasting ALL the following HTML code at the beginning your post
(NOTE: Make sure you are in HTML mode or view when you paste in HTML code!):
- Then, use the form down at the bottom of this post to enter the title of your BLOG (not your post, your blog), and the link to your blog, or the blog post, either one. (if you don't have a blog, feel free to leave a comment, but we would prefer you put up a post if you have a blog.)
That's it! You'll be linked in today's entries and we'll have a fun and inspiring list of "Laughter Lives" posts for everyone to read!
If there are enough good entries, I will consider publishing them in Serious.Life Magazine, or even creating a new book from them. By including your link here, you agree to give permission for that post to be used in other publications, with proper credit to YOU of course (your screen name and blog address)! Cool?
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Can't wait to read your blog posts for "Laughter Lives Tuesday!"
NEXT WEEK: Funny ways we show love, or say I love you!