Girls Write Out
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
(Denise and boys near Jackson Hole, WY, with Jenny Lake and Tetons in background)


Kids have such a creative way with words. Having three of them, I hear all kinds of clever thoughts and interesting interpretations. The writer in me takes note.

Here’s how one of mine described the first time his foot fell asleep when he was four. “Mommy, I have sparkles in my foot.” Sparkles. Isn’t that better than pins and needles?

When my youngest was five, he saw a beautiful sunset in which clouds obscured the bottom half of the sun. He gasped. “Uh-oh! Somebody broke the sun.”

Recently when we drove through the University of Notre Dame, he asked if we could camp out. “We not allowed to camp here,” we answered.
“Then why do they call it a campus?” Why indeed?

“If battery acid eats through everything, how come it doesn’t eat through the battery?”

Upon learning about crescendos and de-crescendos in music class: “Is there such a thing as a night crescendo?”

This from a friend’s little girl while he talked to her on the phone. “Daddy, can you see in my ear?”

Precious, all of it. Parents, listen, laugh, and learn. And don’t forget to write down these gems, because if you’re like me, you’ll forget them all too soon.

Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:47 AM  
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At 8:43 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I love those kid quotes, Denise!! My son once referred to his toes as "foot fingers." That still makes me laugh when I think about it.

Your family is making great memories, and that's what it's all about. Thanks for the reminder to grasp the moments.

At 8:46 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

When my son was five, my parents took him to Chicago. As they approached the city, he gasped and said, "Look, Grandma, cloud makers!" (Talking about the smoke stacks.) Cutest thing. Kara always said "fly" like "schfly."

At 9:22 AM, Blogger eileen said...

Cute kids and great background in your picture!

Chiming in about my terrific 3yo grandson. "Nana, the clouds look like puzzles." Indeed they did that day.

I wish Art Linkletter's kid's show was still on. (showing my age...y'all might not even remember it.)

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

My two favorite comments my five-year-old daughter made were:

"Mommy, is Halloween a boy or girl?"


"Mommy, is this today or tomorrow?"


Treasure those precious moments.

"And they came to pass," as the Bible says.

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I told the girls this, but I have to share my daughter's cuteness yesterday (she's six). I'd bought a new purse, and she noticed it immediately and she goes, "Mom, that white purse you got is ADORABLE! You have good taste!" I know, I know, I'm creating a monster, but the appreciation of a good handbag is a skill my daughter is bound to have. LOL

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

The first quote that comes to mind is something I said when I was very young. I grew up in an area with little or no trees. We went to visit my grandparents who lived around a lot of trees. One of the roads we took had so many tall trees that they covered the sky. I exclaimed, "We can't see God!"

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great quotes! It's so easy to get bogged down with the daily grind and it's so refreshing to remember those adorable moments. Here's one of my favorites.

I was 8 months pregnant with my third child and I was trying to explain to my four year old son that mommy would soon go to the hospital to "have the doctor take the baby out of my tummy".

He looks up at me and says, "Yeah, and then it'll patch."

"Patch?" I'm a little confused.

"Yeah, you know, like an egg." he says.

Aha! Hatch. If I had been able to get down, I would have been rolling on the floor. As it was I laughed until the tears flowed. And I still laugh when I think of that moment.

I've always said that no matter how bad a day I've had, my kids always make me laugh at some point. They are just too cute!

Okay, now a quick one on my 2 1/2 year old. Last week I went in to wake him from his nap. I laid down on the bed with him and he looks at me and says, "Mom.."

"What" I ask, thinking he's going to want a drink or something.

He turns his big eyes my way, slightly unfocused from sleep and says, "I like you." I burst out laughing. I think he made my mommy heart swell to twice its size. *sigh* I'm still mushy from that one. LOL!

Thanks everyone for sharing your "moments".


At 5:40 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Cute comments, everyone! It's interesting to look at things through the eyes of children. It's amazing the way they see things sometimes.

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Tracey, in MI said...

The Mom, according to the Noah:(Noah's 4)

"Mom, your b**bs are loooooog" There was awe in his voice. I'm not sure it was a compliment.

(Can't a mom just get dressed, without being walked in on, and having a 4 year old, do color commentary? Man!)

"Mom, your butt is "boinky"

(boinky- think bouncy- this was stated while I was standing at the kitchen counter making dinner and he was bouncing his head into my left bum cheek, while singing a song... this kid needs to go to school ;)

"Mom,you have cool zebra stripes!"

(Just LOVE bathing suit season, don't you? Those are stretch marks, baby- and they are YOUR fault. I thought it, but I didn't SAY it.) The best part? He really thinks they are COOL.

"Mom, you're so beautiful I can't take my eyes off you"

(Yes, he's mouthy, but smart. He must have sensed, he was at risk of being cut off from his fruit snack supply, this is his favorite suck- up comment. And, yes- it works.)

Random words from Noah:

"Mom? Sami is dripping." (It's hot. Dog's pant, honey.)

"Does Sami have a belly button?" (Sami is a Beagle) (Apparently dogs do- fyi. And yes- as per the norm, Daddy was right on this one- Mommy was wrong.)

"Underwear are drippy, pull-ups are better" Kind of defeats the potty training plan, but he's got a point.

Just posted these on my blog for self humiliation day- keep writing Ladies- I thoroughly enjoy it;)

At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


LOL!! Four is such a great year. I'm never sure what's going to come out of my four-year-old's mouth. I'm with you on the stretch mark thing. Only my son asked during my doctor's appointment. He was with me during my pre-natal exam because he also needed a check-up. When the doctor was listening to baby's heartbeat my son got all concerned and told the doctor, "I don't want those lines. When it's my turn, I don't want lines on my tummy." I couldn't help laughing (neither could the doctor) as I explained that no, he wouldn't get "lines".

<>< Shauna

At 5:03 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Yeah, none of us want those lines. LOL Great story! Loved hearing from all of you.

PS I think four only seems wonderful because it comes after three. :-)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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