(1) Drew (in 2010 – age 7) (in an effort to console Savannah (age 4) after she had a little “accident” in the van): “When I pee my pants, I just pretend that I just got out of the swimming pool.”
If you know Drew, you know that he was not just empathizing, but sharing “big-brotherly wisdom.”
(2) Drew (age 7) (while watching the Holland-Slovakia 2010 World Cup game with Kirsten (22-month old) and “explaining” to her how to know who is winning by looking at the score in the upper right corner of the screen (showed “NED 2 / SVK 0” at the time)): “So, Kirsten, you just look up there (pointing at the TV) and it tells you the score. Like now, the Neds are beating the Svooks 2-0.”
As you might imagine, Kirsten was not any closer to understanding how to know the score of a soccer game after Drew’s advice. And the mere fact that Drew was trying to teach a 22 month old how to watch soccer still makes me laugh.
(3) Savannah (age 6) (very animated describing something her teacher taught her): “Mrs. A told us today that smoking is bad and our lungs and insides will turn black if we do it.”
Drew (age 8) (very quickly and even more animated than his sister): “Yeah Savannah, that is true. Smoking ANYTHING is bad for you . . . except Smarties.”
Apparently, “smoking” the Smarties candy has replaced the old cigarette gum that dominated my childhood. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out how the kids are “smoking” them.
(4) Drew (age 8, when Justin, our fifth, was 6 months old): “Are we going stick with this 5 kids thing?”
I’d love to hear your kids’ (or your) “deep thoughts and questions.” Leave a comment to share your nuggets.