Editorial: Sometimes kids offer great perspective

Sometimes it amazes me the things kids come up with.

In fact, I believe there used to be a television show devoted to the funny things they say.

I don’t have any children of my own, but I’ve been blessed to have some pretty amazing little ones in my life.

Sometimes adults get caught up in the rush of life and kids just seem to go along for the ride.

But every once in a while they say something that has every adult in the room stop dead in their tracks.

Whether it’s something very profound indicating they are wise beyond their years, or something that just stops and makes you chuckle.

This weekend I was in the Olympia area visiting some very dear friends of mine.

My friends Kim and Jon have two girls — Emma and Ella.

Emma is 9 years old and Ella is 6. These girls have provided a lot of amusement over the years.

Several years ago we were talking about a mutual friend who was pregnant and Emma asks me when I was going to have a baby.

I told her that I needed to find a husband first.

Her response: “No you don’t. Just adopt one from Foster Farms.”

She was dead serious.

We still howl about that one.

Emma has since grown and is wise beyond her years.

Ella on the other hand provided a wealth of child-like wonder this weekend.

Driving back from a trip to the frozen yogurt store, Ella breaks the silence with a question.

“What’s adult supervision?” she asks.

Kim replies, “Well, it’s when an adult has to watch you.”

Ella pauses for a moment.

“Oh. I thought it was when adults have really good vision and lasers come out of their eyes.”

Adult super vision — never thought of it like that.

And then there was the early morning contemplation over shoe size. If I wear a size 10 shoe and she wears a size 11, does that mean she has bigger feet than me?

We spent quite a while pondering that one.

Since I don’t get to see them as frequently as I used to, I look forward to those posts on Facebook sharing the girls’ current insight into the world’s inner workings.

It’s fun to stop and see the world through a child’s eyes.


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