The Things They Say…

James reading

James reading – almost 3 years old

“Granma, when Grampa isn’t dead any more, will you stop crying?” So asked my 3-year-old grandson.

This was followed by “Come quickly, the sky is crying because Grampa’s dead”.

These two sayings were brought back to me today when I received one of those emails that you send around your friends.  This one was entitled Grandkids and had a series of cute sayings.

These included :

  • My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday.  He asked me how old I was and I told him 62.  He was quiet for a moment and then asked “Did you start at 1?
  • A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather’s word processor.  She told him she was writing a story.  “What’s it about?” he asked.  “I don’t know” she replied, “I can’t read yet.”

Those of us lucky enough to be called Granma or Grampa has a sheaf of sayings that we have collected over the years.  I threaten to bring mine out when each of my grandchildren reaches 21 and embarrass them in front of their friends.  Then they will probably say “Anyway, she’s too old to remember me when I was 3 or 4 or whatever.”

And it seems easier to recall the sayings of our children’s children than those of our own children.  Why is this do you think?  Were we too busy being the perfect mother and wife to listen?  Remember when my children were small, the ‘wife’s’ place was in the home, tending house and raising children.

I was nowhere near as busy as my daughter and daughter-in-law, but the funny things my children said have all disappeared.  How sad is that?


James on his 16th birthday – 2011

So to all you mothers out there – listen to what they say and make a note of the smart and clever sayings.  Who knows one day you might put them in a book and become world-famous.

“Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.”
Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)















Judith Baxter, Platinum Author Registered & Protected


20 responses to “The Things They Say…

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  2. I’ll be 62 in mid June. Being called grandpa echoes in a way that dramatically adjusts who I think I am and where I am in life. Not that long ago I watched and assisted my granma cooking. I was 4. The time I spend with them are the most delightful moments of my life. I am comfortable where I am in life. Unfortunately, aches and pains and pills and white hair are all part of being grandpa.


    • Carl you are just a chicken., Got lots of years to catch up on me. And yes, it seems only yesterday (or was it the day before) that I watched my granma making cakes.


  3. Hi , Judith, looks like you have such a wonderful group of grandkids that brightens your day, make you smile, entertains you with their endless creative, sometimes humurous ideas. My son is 5 and the things he says sometimes make me think, sometimes it makes me laugh although I don’t show it when I’m facing him because he looks so serious whenever he says something. In their minds it’s real and that’s the beauty of being a child. Always optimistic, always hopeful. thanks for sharing.


    • Yes I do love these kids. Yesterday a 12 year old asked ‘Granma why are you always happy?” Quite the opposite to the 3 year old’s question.


  4. A great post. We need to remember or children and grandchildren and their wonderful innocence in childhood. I have “sayings” that I hold close to my heart.


    • As time passes some of the sayings recede to the backs of our mind but then something triggers them and there they are again.
      Keep those sayings somewhere safe. In later life they may well cheer you when you need cheering.


  5. Such sweet comments. It’s interesting that you posted this because a few days ago I was looking through a “baby book” that my own mother made for me. In it were a few quotes from my baby-self that she treasured enough to write down. I hadn’t looked through this book for years, so I sat there in tears reading “Mommy getting old?” “Yes, I’m getting old.” “When mommy gets old Tracy will put Mommy in the garabage.” Age 3. I guess it was funny to her!


  6. I remember some of the cute things my kids said, although it’s easier now that I have a blog to record them! My granddaughter isn’t talking much yet (she’s 20 months old), but I’m sure I’ll remember the things she comes up with!

    Interesting post, Judith!



    • Take care of that little one Wendy. See the quote on this post from my sister Marianne. Our mother was right – grandchildren are extra special.


  7. Awww, kids say the cutest things! Can’t wait until I have my own someday and can write down all the things they say! 🙂


    • Until you get your own Sharon, share a friends children. In any event, that sometimes is best. You can give them back when they need cleaning , feeding or are just getting pesky.


  8. Marianne London

    I love this Judith I remember you telling me what James said to you when Bob died. Grandchildren are so special to us. As mum said our children are special, and when the Grandchildren come it is the Cherry on the top.


  9. Our mum was so right. They really are the icing on the cake.


  10. Thank you for this reminder.


  11. Hello Mam,

    Thanks for reminding me about this. I note down my Toddler’s activities but miss on them while I am busy with work and other responsibilities. Now, I will not. Thanks again. Keep suggesting.


    • Thanks for the comment and apologies for the delay in responding. I’ve been hospitalised for the past is weeks following an accident but am going home on Saturday. When I get home I’ll go over to your site to see what you are up to.


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