Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Darndest Things

Over the years there have been several iterations of the iconic television show, Kids Say the Darndest Things. If you've somehow managed to miss it, the premise of the show is pretty simple: adults ask small children a series of pretty pedestrian questions, and because of their naivete or age-appropriate ignorance the children respond with pretty wacky answers. And hilarity ensues.

Gus and Niko could be on that show. Just they other day Kelly asked whose birthday we celebrate on Christmas, "Santa's! No Papou's!" they bellowed before finally shouting, "No it's Jesus'!" Hey, at least He made the list. You may remember last year they stopped after Papou...

But now and then kids say something incredibly touching that is frankly well-beyond their years.

Somewhere along the way, Niko got a small scratch under his chin. Last night at dinner I learned that while he was at school, the tiny scab came off. Niko marched himself down to Mrs. Judy, the school's incredibly nurturing secretary and received a little Neosporin and assurance that it was the best medicine ever.

Gus offered that Mrs. Judy should have been a doctor because she is so good at tending to kids' injuries. Niko added that he was going to be a doctor when he grows up. And that's when he said it:

"I wish Theia Tina was alive, so that when I become a doctor I could make her better and she won't die."

Sometimes kids have the darndest way of leaving you speechless.