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Kids Say the Darnedest Things…and You Can Win!
--by Christine Rimmer
Hi everyone. So great to be here on the fabulous Donna’s blog!
And as far as kids saying the darnedest things…
They do, they do. Art Linkletter knew it, back in the ‘50s. He had a “Kids Say the Darndest Things” segment of his daily show, Art Linkletter’s House Party. And Bill Cosby had a whole show dedicated to the cute things kids will say back at the turn of the Millennium.
My own kids? A total laugh-riot. What I love about what kids will say is the way they will nail what’s really going on. They’re so literal, and a whole lot smarter than grownups often realize.
When older son was very small—this was before I became his stepmom—DH and older son and the rest of the family went on a trip to San Francisco. They stayed at a nice hotel. Older son, seven or so, was entranced by the upscale amenities: the high, frescoed ceilings, the dramatic light fixtures, the fruit basket in the sitting room of their suite, the chocolates on the pillow. When DH tucked him into bed, he snuggled down with a wide grin. “Dad. This place is ‘spensive.” When DH said yes, it was, he beamed wider. “Look at us,” he declared. “Aren’t we fancy cows!?” Thus, in our family, whenever anyone gets an overblown idea of himself, we say, “Well, aren’t you a fancy cow?”
Once, when younger son was small, he and I were in the car together. His carseat was in back, but we were waiting for DH and older son to accomplish some task long forgotten. I let younger son get up in front to listen to the radio with me. I believe I was playing something by Jimi Hendrix. For a while, he rocked out, bouncing in the seat, snapping his fingers. Then, out of nowhere, he reached out and turned off the radio. He sat back in the seat and folded his little hands in his lap. “Mom. Let’s have a little piece of quiet.”
Sometimes kids say the hardest things. In my books, the children often play important roles. In a book I wrote a few years back, Having Tanner Bravo’s Baby, the hero’s niece, DeDe, who never knew her dad until she was nine, cries, “My dad came back and it ruined my life!”
And when DH and I first got together, younger son was 18 months old, walking—and talking nonstop. In fact, the kid in the sunglasses? That would be younger son at about a year old. He loved those glasses. They were Harlequin glasses, given to each and every lucky author at a fabulous Harlequin party way back when.
And where was I? Ah, yes. Younger son’s clever remarks. Once when I took him over to DH’s for an evening, DH knelt when were leaving and said to younger son, “Come back soon. And bring your mom.” Younger son’s eyes got wide as dinner plates. “Oh, no. She’s much too heavy. I could never carry her.”
I could tell you a thousand more brilliant and insightful things uttered by the amazing children I have known. But I’m curious. What about you?
Oh. And did I mention a prize? I’m thinking the two books of mine that made the RITA finals this year: Donovan’s Child and A Bravo Homecoming. Leave a comment for a chance to win both books, signed by yours truly. And thanks for stopping in! Come visit me any time at www.christinerimmer.com