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Susan Adcox

Grandkids Say the Darndest Things, Seventh Edition

By February 26, 2012

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I was cuddling up with my youngest granddaughter when I announced that it was time for me to go home. She protested, saying that she wanted to keep me at her house. "You want to kidnap me?" I asked. Immediately she flashed back, "Wouldn't that be more like grandnapping?"

Of course, I laughed out loud and then remembered that I had a couple more stories in the can for a new edition of GSTDT. This one came via email shortly after the last edition was published. Granny hit her shin really hard, so hard that tears came into her eyes. Two-year-old Colton ran up to Granny, alarmed, and asked, "Do you need your pair-wents?"

Val from Saskatchewan sent this story about taking Grandson to visit Great Grama, who always offers a nice treat. On this day, cake and vanilla ice cream were on the menu. Val's husband, Grampa, acquiesced to a second serving of ice cream, which Grandson duly noted. On the way home, he piped up, "Grampa, why do you like nothing-flavored ice cream so much?"

Unique expressions like these often become part of the family vernacular. Vanilla ice cream is always nothing ice cream to Val's family. I'm sure when an adult in Granny's family gets hurt, someone is sure to say, "Do you need your pair-wents?" And I'll be fondly looking forward to getting grandnapped again.

Do you have a funny story that has become a part of your family lore? Leave a comment below, or email me. And tune in for the next edition of GSTDT!

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More Grandkids Say the Darndest Things:

February 27, 2012 at 6:35 am
(1) granny annie says:

Granddaughter Beth has always been a picky eater. We learned the best way to get a meal down her is to take her to a restaurant. I was helping her select by reading different options when grandpa said, “I’m going to have the chicken fried steak.” Beth announced with glee that she would have that too because she “liked any thing with chicken in it.” From then on, if we order chicken fried steak, it is “anything with chicken.” By the way, she ordered it, ate it and loved it and we never told her it wasn’t chicken.

February 27, 2012 at 10:55 am
(2) grandparents says:

Thanks for these great stories! Grannie Annie, my oldest granddaughter was a terribly picky eater. Chicken is the only meat she would eat. We got her to eat steak by calling it “brown chicken steak.” Kind of the reverse of your story!

February 27, 2012 at 9:04 am
(3) gwen says:

One evening, a group of adults were sitting around the dinner table lamenting about the economy. One person was talking about his cut in salary, the other about his stock market dip, and another about his shrinking home value. I remarked, “Everyone has lost something in this economy.” My granddaughter chirped up, “Yes, I know. I lost a tooth!”

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