Monday, December 26, 2011

Mom, What's a Babe? Parenting Plights & Delights


Ah, I love how children are always surprising us.

My nephews Soldier (at age 5) and his brother Joker (at age 2)

One Christmas when Soldier was six, his mother read him the nativity story. When she got to the part about Mary bringing forth a babe, Soldier stopped her and asked, "Mom, what's a babe?"

Soldier's father Jim overheard the conversation. "I'll tell you what a babe is. A babe is your mom in a bikini." He winked at Cindy. She chuckled along with Soldier and Jim.

Then Cindy went on to explain to Soldier that in this case, a babe was a baby. Baby Jesus in this particular story.

Soldier then wanted to know what a bikini was, so Cindy explained that it's a small swimsuit that women wear.

Satisfied that he now knew what a babe and a bikini were, Soldier listened to the rest of the Christmas story.

A few hours later, the family went to visit Grandma and Granddad. Soldier told his grandma, "I know what a babe is."

Grandma played along. "What's a babe?"

"A babe is Mom in a zucchini," Soldier said with a smile.

Grandma laughed so hard, she cried. Soldier is grown up now, but she still recalls the incident as one of her favorite moments in grandparenting.
Jim & Cindy (in a tankini instead of a bikini)

So, do you have a parenting or grandparenting incident? 
If you're not a parent, memories from your own childhood count, too! 

Warning: I might feature your story in a future post. 
(Names can be changed to protect the guilty!)

I'd like to thank those who shared a parenting story with me last week. 
I'm saving them and will publish some in future posts.

If you don't want to leave a comment but would rather contact me by email, 
here's my address: lynkelwoohoo at yahoo dot com.

15 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Awww from the mouth of babes!! How cute! LOL!

It's weird that a zucchini there is a courgette here! :-)

Take care
x

Sarah Pearson said...

I love stories like that, they pass through the years.

jerzey72 said...

lol alwways a good story here. Happy Holidays

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Lynn, funny story. Love the quote that heads up this post. Hope you had a great Christmas!

susielindau.com said...

I just read your story to my sister and husband and they roared! Too funny! Thanks for sharing!

susielindau.com said...

I just read your story to my sister and husband and they roared! Too funny! Thanks for sharing!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think Lady Gaga has proven that no one looks like a babe dressed in food!

Munir said...

Such a cute story.
My uncle says that when I was a little girl, I used to say that a racoon was only a dog with mascara on. He has told this to my kids and probably will tell my grandkids when he will get to meet them.
Best wishes for the Holidays and the New Year:)

cd sutton said...

Kids say the most memorable things. Love these children stories!

LynNerdKelley said...

Old Kitty - I'd never heard of a courgette before. Isn't that something? Learn something new every day when we're blogging, don't we? LOL!

Sarah - I love the funny things kids say, too. There are some that I didn't write down, though, and it's hard to remember the details years later. And there are so many that we just forget about.

Jerzey - Aw, thank you. So glad you stopped by!

Joy - Thank you! You're the first one to comment on that quote!

Susie - Highlight of my day, hearing that someone had a good laugh over my post!

Alex - If I was holding a contest, your comment would be the winner, hands down! LOL!

Munir - That's such a cute story from your childhood. Thanks for sharing it with me. I'm going to save it!

inluvwithwords said...

What a great story. Those moments are priceless. I've got little gems like that written down somewhere. . .if I can put my hands on them, I'll come back and share.

Carol Kilgore said...

Great story! Can't top it.

LynNerdKelley said...

Ruth - I would love it if you share some of your stories with me when you find them!

Carol - Thank you!

Melissa Bradley said...

LOL this is terrific! My nephew and his friend went with me to the pharmacy and I found them in the deodorant aisle looking over some Axe body spray. Friend says to my nephew "If you spray this stuff on you don't have to take a shower."

LynNerdKelley said...

Melissa - That's soooooo funny! Kids, they really keep us in stitches, don't they?