5 Things I Don’t Get: Field Trip Edition
This seems like as good point as any to bring you another rousing edition of 5 Things I Don’t Get. It’s simply a moment for both me and you to unburden ourselves of the things that make no sense to us, drive us crazy, and/or make us scratch our heads in befuddled wonder (if you’re interested in more of these, click here if you dare). Plus it’s just good to have a good chuckle every now and again (and if you can’t laugh at the word “chuckles” then you are made of stone, my friend).
As always, I like to point out my Biblical basis for this: Proverbs 30:18-19. You can’t argue with the Good Book!
This time I’m sharing some things I overheard this week while on a beach field trip with my kids. The wisdom, insights, and questions of these 8-year-old’s was nothing short of flabbergastingly (made-up word alert!) amazing. I hope you enjoy…
- “This is the last year I’ll be 8.” This girl was completely serious and a little melancholy about the whole prospect. I even tried to explain that every year we only get just the one year, but it was fruitless. She was determined to mourn her misspent youth so who was I to take that away?
- “They’re called sasquatches because they squat a lot & give you really mean looks.” As far as I can tell, if you get a couple of 8-year-old boys together, eventually the conversation must turn to Big Foot. I believe it’s in the by-laws or little boys’ handbook or something. I nearly laughed out loud when this boy (as serious as can be) proclaimed this to the amazement of my son. Ah, to be that young and know it all again, I do miss those days.
- “Some sea slugs are blood-sucking.” Even though I believe this kid was thinking of leaches, I still found myself being careful around these critters. The only problem is that “some” of them are blood-suckers so how to tell which ones? I figured it’s probably the sparkly ones with perpetually sullen expressions (see here if you’re lost).
- “I hate blood-sucking.” A little girl proclaimed this immediately after the previous statement. Other than those sparkly vampires, I’m not sure I know anyone who’s really pro-blood-sucking, but hooray for her for standing up for her beliefs. Honestly, I wish any one of the presidential candidates had the guts to make this their campaign slogan this year.
- “Is that crab real?” To be fair, I believe she was asking, “Is that crab alive?” But it was still quite funny to me. Why? I pictured some misguided ne’er-do-well coming to this semi-remote Alaskan beach and spreading fake crabs around to confuse people maybe? Or to trick them? I don’t know why he did it, but he’s wearing a mask and a black-and-white striped shirt like those oldtimey robbers.
Your turn! What’s your favorite little kid-ism that you’ve heard–either personally or secondhand? Can you help me make better sense of any of these?