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Aren't children cute - A holiday Story

A quilting friend here in Canberra, Australia sent me this story in an email. I thought it might ring a bell with some of you grandparents.


(this was actually reported by a teacher)

After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils to write an essay on how they spent their holiday away from school.

One child wrote the following:

We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa.

They used to live in a big brick house but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Batemans Bay (about 2.5 hours from Canberra on the coast) where everyone lives in nice little houses, and so they don't 
have to mow the grass anymore!

They ride around on their bicycles and scooters and wear name tags because they don't know who they are anymore.

They go to a building called a wreck center, but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now. They do exercises there, but they don't do them very well.

There is a swimming pool too, but they all jump up and down in it with hats on.

At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golf carts!

Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing every night --- early birds.

Some of the people can't get out past the man in the doll house. The ones who do get out, bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck.

My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday too.

When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house. Then I will let people out, so they can visit their grandchildren.

Isn't this priceless? Let me know if there any Australian terms you are not sure of. Sandy

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Comment by Joanna liguz on May 21, 2012 at 10:01am

We are all headed that way believe it or not,,,!!!! Nice!!!

Comment by Virginia/SD on May 20, 2012 at 6:06am

Thank you for the good laugh!  I cant wait to have my own scooter someday :D

Comment by Susan B on May 19, 2012 at 3:30pm

Absolutely delightful. Thank you for a huge chuckle!!

Comment by Laurie on May 19, 2012 at 8:58am

Cute story.  Thanks for the laugh today.

Comment by Connie/KS on May 19, 2012 at 8:20am

That is so cute...also love quiltingmama's story below. Kids do come up with some of the cutest things. The main one I remember from my grandson is when they were visiting here and DD wanted to listen to some of our old lp albums....my grandson looked at one and commented "That's the biggest CD I've ever seen!"

Comment by Barb/Oregon on May 19, 2012 at 7:22am

Too too cute!!  Just love it!

I remember Art Linkletter's book "Kid's Say the Darndest Things".  Wonder if it is still in print??  It was priceless.

Comment by Janet/MO on May 19, 2012 at 7:13am

Thanks for the nice chuckle this morning Sandy.  Quiltingmama, I love your story too.  It is so funny how kids perceive things!

Comment by Kathy Biggs/MO on May 19, 2012 at 6:58am

Sandy, that is a really cute story. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Gayle/La. on May 18, 2012 at 9:46pm

Sandy I love that.  I am always amazed at the things the kids say and sometimes by what they do.  I think that kids can say the darnedest things as Art Linkletter used to say.

Comment by quiltingmama on May 18, 2012 at 8:59pm

Oh my goodness!  Thank you for the giggle.  I love the things children say!  When I was much younger (in kindergarten) we used to live across the street from the nuns that taught in my school (so they knew my whole family very well).  My mom used to refinish antique furniture during the day while my dad worked at the local flour mill.  One day at school I was asked what my parents did for a living...

I told the nun that my dad wore a hardhat to keep grasshoppers out of his hair and that my mom was a stripper!

The poor woman had to keep a straight face through the rest of the class... but enjoyed a good laugh with my mom later that day.  :-)

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