One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking
her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when
he asked with a tremor in his voice, "Mommy, will you sleep
with me tonight?"
The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. "I can't,
dear," she said. "I have to sleep in Daddy's room."
A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: "The
After putting her children to bed, a mother changed into old slacks
and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard
the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew
At last she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their
room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings.
As she left the room, she heard her three-year-old say with a trembling
voice, "Who was that?"
An acquaintance of mine who is a physician told this story about
her then four-year-old daughter. On the way to preschool, the doctor
had left her stethoscope on the car seat, and her little girl picked
it up and began playing with it. Be still, my heart, thought my
friend, my daughter wants to follow in my footsteps!
Then the child spoke into the instrument: "Welcome to McDonald's.
May I take your order?"
A new neighbor asked the little girl next door if she had any brothers
and sisters. She replied, "No, I'm the lonely child."
One day a guy was driving with his four-year-old daughter and
beeped his car horn by mistake.
She turned and looked at him for an explanation.
He said, "I did that by accident."
She replied, "I know that, Daddy."
He replied, "How'd you know?"
The girl said, "Because you didn't say 'JERK' afterwards!"
I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet,
so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what
color it was. She would tell me, and always she was correct. But
it was fun for me, so I continued. At last she headed for the door,
saying sagely, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out
some of these yourself!"
While her mother was studying the chapter on hematology for her
nursing class, four-year-old Danielle asked what she was reading.
Her mother said she was learning about blood and she explained how
the heart pumps blood all the way through the body. Then she taught
Danielle to feel her pulse in her wrists and feet.
Danielle wandered away and her mother noticed her looking at the
soles of her feet. Then Danielle twisted and turned and pulled down
the top of her shorts to look at her bottom. She stretched her arms
all the way around and managed to feel her back. Her mother didn't
pay any attention until Danielle came back and asked, "Where
do we put the batteries?"
The child was a typical four-year-old girl -- cute, inquisitive,
bright as a new penny. When she expressed difficulty in grasping
the concept of marriage, her father decided to pull out his wedding
photo album, thinking visual images would help. One page after another,
he pointed out the bride arriving at the church, the entrance, the
wedding ceremony, the recessional, the reception, etc.
"Now do you understand?" he asked.
"I think so," she said, "is that when mommy came
to work for us?"
A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination,
and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something
fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely.
It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed in between
"Momma, look what I found!" the boy called out.
"What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked.
With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered: "I
think it's Adam's suit!"
My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma,
do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished
my halo while I asked, "No, how are we alike?"
"You're both old," he replied.
A class professor was giving a lecture on company slogans and
was asking his students if they were familiar with them.
"Joe," he asked, "which company has the slogan, 'come
fly the friendly skies'?"
Joe answered the correct airline.
"Brenda, can you tell me which company has the slogan, "Don't
leave home without it?"
Brenda answered the correct credit card company with no difficulty.
"Now John, Tell me which company bears the slogan, 'Just do
And John answered, "Mom."