Tuesday, February 9, 2010

From the mouths of kids

The other day my daughter was telling me and her two brothers a story about her school assembly. Since it was kind of late at night and it had been a long day I was only half listening. The story consisted of a kid yelling out something during the assembly. I don't know what it was or in what context, but the next line out of my daughters mouth was too funny.

"And to make the story funnier - he was small."

It wasn't so much the second part that made me laugh, it was the "and to make the story funnier." Me and my sons just sort of stared at each other before chuckling, which made her very happier.

But that's really the key isn't it. You start off with a story, a first draft if you will, but then you needto make the story funnier, sadder, deeper, just better. Even if it means making the main character small.

Bonus - Real Teenage Boy Pick Up Lines
(courtesy of my 14 year old)

One of his friends collected hot sauce from taco bell and kept it in his pocket for a dance. He'd walk up to girls and say "I'd give you some hot sauce, but you're already hot."

or

"If you were a sandwich at McDonald's you'd be the McGorgeous.

I think my kids exist strictly for my entertainment or to test my patience.

20 comments:

Tina Lynn said...

Are you from Tennessee? Cuz you're the only ten I see:)

JKB said...

OMG those pickup lines?

Horrible.

Horrible, yet probably 20, 30 and 40 year old men are still using them.

LOL!

Tabitha Bird said...

anything they'd catch with those pick up lines wouldn't be somethin to bring home to mumma. :) Cute at 14. Not so at 20-30-40 !

Jessica said...

Hahaaaaa! Those pick-up lines are hilarious! And so's your daughter's story. Kids are cute. I'm glad it doesn't end in elementary school. :-)

Carolyn V. said...

Hee hee. I love your daughter's comment. What a quick thinker! And the pick-up lines, pretty clever.

Kelly Lyman said...

Ha! That was great. I love the pick-up lines. My friend got his wife to go out with him by giving her a sugar packet and asked, "I would offer you some sugar, but you're sweet enough."

Nisa said...

Man, we learn so much from our kids, don't we? I love the stories and the pick-up lines! So funny!

Kristi Faith said...

LOL I love the McGorgeous. :)

Yes, and I believe they exist for a little of both. :)

Patti said...

Tina: No sorry I don't live in Tenn., I'm from Canada

Jen & Tabitha: Yes we warned him that those only work while your young. 14 year old girls love that stuff, but 20-30 year old women think it's just creepy.

Jessica: No they definitely stay entertaining.

Patti said...

Caroyn: She comes up with some doseys

Kelly: So cheesy pick up lines do work.

Nisa: I'm really learning a lot this yar with a son in high school.



Kristi: the McGorgeous was my son's line. I'm just so proud.

Dara said...

LOL, that McGorgeous line is hysterical!

Jessie Oliveros said...

I take it they use those at youth dances, and the girls love them. Anyway, I remember thinking those dance pick-up lines were brilliant, but only the very brave used them.

K. M. Walton said...

The McGorgeous!! Brilliant.

I have a soon to be 13 year old boy and I'm sure I'll hear some good ones soon...

Abby Annis said...

Sometimes I think that the only reason my youngest is so entertainingly funny is because otherwise she'd make me so crazy I wouldn't be able to live with her for the next ten years.

Great stories!

Lisa and Laura said...

HAHAHA! I love those. Funny kids are the best.

lotusgirl said...

Oh my. My kids keep me laughing too.

patti said...

It's fun to read your blog and remember those old days of teenagers!!!

Quite the pickup line!!
Patti

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Ha! This is great! Kids are a great source of laughter--and wisdom!

Heidi Willis said...

I think they exist to provide good blogging material. :)

Priceless stuff!

Terri Tiffany said...

I hope you are writing down some of the things they say:)) It goes so fast and what a blessing to have them around you:) Can you hear my whine???