What kids say

Rappahannock News - - NEWS • FROM PAGE ONE - RICHARD BRADY morelchaser@gmail.com 675-3754

Isup­pose there are still a few of us around who re­mem­ber Art Lin­klet­ter and his TV show, “Kids Say the Darn­d­est Things.” I would like to re­port that though the TV show may be his­tory, it is still very true that the observations of the younger set can of­ten cause us to pause, re­flect and maybe smile.

Our youngest grand­child, Grace, is 2 years old. And like all our grand­chil­dren, ours and yours, she is amaz­ing in her observations and com­ments on the hu­man con­di­tion. My bride keeps telling me she isn’t just 2 years old, that she will be 3 in De­cem­ber. Still, I stand im­pressed with her growth and learn­ing. Now, she does have an older sis­ter who is also pretty quick, and that al­ways helps the young ones along.

She is in what I sup­pose you would call pre-preschool. I think she will have 4 years of school­ing un­der her belt by the time she fin­ishes kin­der­garten. Also, her mother, our daugh­ter Molly, was a pretty sharp cookie when she came along, and she works with her chil­dren daily.

Grace knows her ABC’s and can re­cite them for you. If you re­call the lit­tle sing-song that teaches chil­dren their ABCs you may re­mem­ber it ends with, “now I’ve said my ABC’s, next time won’t you say them with me.” The other day she was singing the al­pha­bet for me, and when she got to the end and sang the lit­tle ques­tion, I looked right at her and said, “Yes, Grace. Next time I will say them with you.”

She im­me­di­ately cor­rected me, say­ing, “No, Poppa, that is just part of the song.” Now, I’m not say­ing she knows what a rhetor­i­cal ques­tion is, but she let me know she didn’t ex­pect an an­swer to the ABC song.

Yes­ter­day, Linda picked her up at school and brought her to the house un­til her mother got off work. I was in the garage work­ing on some­thing. She came in to where I was and she had a pa­per bracelet on her wrist. Writ­ten on the bracelet was “be kind.” I looked at her and said, “Grace, are you kind?” She looked up at me with a tiny smile and said, “Some­times, Poppa.”

I told her I was happy that she was hon­est, and that we all needed to work on be­ing kind all the time.

The other day she was here and found a lit­tle green fin­ger pup­pet that looked like a frog. She told my bride that her friend, Stone, had given it to her. Linda said, “Is Stone your boyfriend?” Grace stated rather em­phat­i­cally, for a 2-year old, “No, Mimi. He’s just a boy.”

I re­al­ize these lit­tle sto­ries may not bring as big a smile to your face as they do to mine. That’s un­der­stand­able. But, if you have grand­chil­dren, I can only wish for you the same de­light­ful in­ter­ac­tions that we are en­joy­ing from the four we have been blessed with. Take care, and as the song says, al­ways be hum­ble and kind.

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