[...but are secretly glad they don't].
A few weeks ago we were flying back home from Adelaide.
Inky was at the window, marvelling at the fluffy clouds wafting beneath us. As we started our descent, she suddenly shouts:
“MUM! I can see another aeroplane RIGHT THERE!”
My heart jumped a spare beat and the passengers in the rows surrounding us threw my gorgeous 3 year old a “WTF” glare before warily looking out the window themselves.
Inky turns to me sheepishly and says,
“But it’s just pretend”.
Oh f*ck, thank you my little doe-eyed friend. I really didn’t need that spare electric charge around my heart. Or the partly digested club sandwich in my stomach.
Inky is 3 and has no filter. She is a running cacophony of verbal diarrhoea—it spews forth from her mouth in her games of pretend and rarely causes me embarrassment or mandatory jail detentions. I’m not sure I could have said that if she had joked about a toy gun on board the airplane, though.
She is funny about smells, too. She will come into our bed in the morning, take a whiff of her father and say, “I don’t like your smell. But I LIKE YOU!” Or she’ll take a long, hard sniff of me and say, wrinkling her nose; “I can smell something. I think it’s YOU.” Yeah, all of it. It’s verbal gold.
Our eight year old has become a lot more self-conscious of late, part of the tribulations of growing up. But she still comes out with some adorable pearlers. One evening, husbando was showing her how to play “Minesweeper”. She goes along with all of his instructions, and seems to be enjoying the game. About 20 minutes later, she pauses the game, looks at her father and whispers conspiratorially, “Why are we trying to steal stuff“? Such innocence.
I hope they never lose it. The lack of filter can be embarrassing, but it would be much worse for them to become too self-conscious too early.
What is the best thing ever to come out of the mouths of your babes?