A friend sent me some stories and comments made by children, and although I’ve shared some of them before, I thought we needed a smile this week. Anyone who appreciates the frankness and wit of a child will like the remarks.
Three-year-old Reese prayed, “Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name. Amen.”
Another little boy was overheard praying: “Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am.”
One particular four-year-old prayed, “And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.”
After the dedication of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy answered, “That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I want to stay with you guys.”
A Sunday School teacher asked her children as they were on the way to church service, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping!”
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5 and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.’” Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, “Ryan, you be Jesus!”
A little girl was offered an apple, but remembering the story of Adam and Eve, she replied, “I don’t want one – I don’t want to make God sad.”
My eight-year-old grandson, Christian, was disappointed when he learned his father had turned down tickets for box seats at an Ole Miss football game. Trying to be comical, he hung his head and said, “I guess I’ll just have to start thinking ‘outside the box’ since I probably will never get to sit in one!”
There’s nothing quite like the minds of children. They learn so much so quickly – and they learn from watching and hearing adults as we interact with each other. We should never think we’re talking over their heads. They may be looking at a book, playing a game, or watching TV, but when we are discussing something, they’re listening.
Many times, my grandkids have stopped what they were doing, to ask a question about something I had just said to my husband. They don’t miss a beat – and I love it!
Thank God for kids – they keep us alert and in our place and put smiles on our faces in a way that nothing else will.
Lora Ann Huff is a Wenasoga resident and special columnist for the Daily Corinthian. Her column appears Friday. She may be reached at 1774 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834.