Wednesday, December 31, 2008

His Mom Thought This Was Funny

The thing about Christmas vacation is that the whole family is jammed into the house in a cold, dark season. This gives us expanded opportunities to hear from the children. The Understudy, at nearly 11, is a poised and reasoning girl. Shackleton, at 7, is a gentle and surprising creature. He says things that we feel we should write down, but, as with so many things, we generally fail to follow through. Since we have a bit of a break now, I managed to get a few onto the hard drive. Here ya go. Forgive me if it turns out these are things that only near relations would find amusing.

Things Shackleton has said that amuse us.

1.) Yesterday, while building with Legos on the stairs:

“I made up a song about Iraq Obama [he’s confused by the new President’s name. No matter how many times we explain]:

“Mr. O- ba- ma!”

(to the tune of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”).

That’s as far as I got.”

2.) While riding in the car one day, a propos of nothing:

“Actually, some people do mess with Texas.”

3.) Shackleton does not like to go upstairs alone . When his sister asked him why, he said:

"Because if you come with me and we see a ghost we can fight him -

3.) After changing into his swim trunks at the community pool this week (in the manner of the announcer on those endlessly repeating “Bowflex” commercials).

“If you want to get ribs like these, call 802 977-9999”


Nan said...

I may not be a near relation, but I just loved these! There are so many I never wrote down and so wish I had. He's adorable by the way. Happy New Year!

Nan said...

I thought of a great one to share with you. When my daughter was ten she asked me if Jimi Hendrix was gay. I said, uh, no. She asked well then why does he sing, 'excuse me while I kiss this guy?' Since then I saw a book in a store with that very title about misheard lyrics.

neill said...

gonna use the texas one. :)

Jaywalker said...

I think we need more from Shackleton. The ribs thing made be snort tea out of my nose..

KSV Woolfoot said...

Hey All - Nan; Of course we would be fine with Jimi Hendrix if he were gay...

OMN - Feel free to use this in conversation. I am sure you will provide attribution. Someone actually just bought one of my Shackleton inspired Texas T-Shirts. Aww right. I knew my kids would eventually pay off.

Jaywalker - I am home on my part time lawyer schedule today as well and went tripping around the blogiverse. I didn't leave a comment on your post of the day because I got up and well, cleaned house for a few hours. Of course, I then sat down to eat meatloaf and watch auction shows on BBC America.

Based on this limted demand,
here are a couple of Shackleton gems from yesterday.

1. On the way to skiing in the morning (we had a snow day), the Understudy asked if we could have homefries in the cafeteria before hitting the slopes. (These are one of the four foods she eats). Shackleton likes them too. He puts his hands together, sort of like Mr. Burns in the Simpsons, if you know him and said:

Mmmm, delectable.

2. We were watching TV last night when an ad for the AAA (American Automobile Assoc.) came on. If you are a member of AAA, they will tow you if your car breaks down. A blonde actress, affecting astonishment appeared and said: "We broke down the other day and AAA came to rescuse us, and it wasn't even my car!"

Shackleton said:

"So she stole the car?"

erin said...

Love his quotes.. hilarious!! best idea ever is writing them down... we fail too frequently! thanks for sharing!

KSV Woolfoot said...

Erin - a nice comment, thank you. Are you blogless? I was going to click through but you are not highlighted.

the projectivist said...

oh that stuff is gold!

many MANY years ago
when i was a nanny
i worked for one family who asked me to keep a diary of the children's activities. every single day i would write in that diary.

i feel quite awful that i could do that for someone else's children, and yet haven't done the same thing for my own children. oh the mother-guilt!

but it's never too late to start as you mean to go on.

haha! my word verification is:

KSV Woolfoot said...

Welcome Projectivist. Didn't Woody Allen say guilt was a useless emotion? I like that, but then I started wondering which emotions are useful? That isn't exactly the point is it? My daughter just came to read over my shoulder and informs me that this is a stupid comment. Kids! Can't live with them, can't sell them. Owww. Now she's paddling me.