A Kid's View of Life

Take a minute and look at the world through the eyes of a child. Life is full of wonder and discovery. Joy and fun are all around. The view of life for a child is so innocent. Every day is exciting, with new surprises around every corner. Take a moment to look at life from a child's view.

Life through the eyes of a child

A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter Amanda to answer the phone. And kids view the world differently sometimes.  Literally. She answered the phone obediently, "Hello, this is Amanda. Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle."

A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, 'What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a little kid before?'

studious little boy deep in thought

A Kid's View, Through the Eyes of a Child

As a Police Office, while taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. She said her name was Sally. Looking up and down to view my uniform, she asked, 'Are you a cop? Yes,' I answered and continued writing the report. My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?' 'Yes, that's right,' I told her. 'Well, then,' she said as she extended her foot toward me, 'would you please tie my shoe?'

It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and there was a little boy in view nearby, staring in at me. "Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked.  "It sure is," I relied.  Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said, "What'd he do wrong?"

Things Kids Say

While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter Marta on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her viewing a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass, staring intently. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"

A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit."  "And why not, darling?"  "You know it always gives you a headache the next morning."

Mary Louise had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write, and they won't let me talk!"

little girl in classroom

What a Kid Thinks and Says

Billy opened the big family Bible, hoping to view some pictures. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it suspiciously. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.  "Mama, look what I found," the boy called out. "What have you got there, sweetie?'  With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear!"

Six year old Emmy Lou steps onto the scales in her mother's bathroom.  "This thing must be broken. When Mommy steps on it she gets a shock and she screams and she jumps off like it hurts her feet. I don't feel anything."

"I love it when Mommy takes my little sister Ginny Marie and me to The Mall. They have this really fun water fountain right in the center. You can stick your fingers in it, then splash Ginny Marie, then run around it real fast while Mommy tries to catch you!"

This morning at breakfast my wife told our 4 year old daughter Daisy that owls are nocturnal. Daisy replied properly and immediately: "Yes, that is correct Mother. Owls are not turtles."

Ice Cream for the Soul

Kids are so innocent. And practical. When a child prays they have the faith to expect an answer. It's good to learn from kids, they can offer wonderful insight into life, and God, and faith. And they can even do that with ice cream.

Last week I took my children to a restaurant. My six-year-old daughter Mandy asked if she could say grace.

We bowed our heads she said:

"God is good. God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!"

young brother and sister

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby I heard a woman remark:

"That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!"

Hearing this, my daughter burst into tears and asked me:

"Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"

As I held her and assured her that she had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at her, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my daughter and said:

"I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer."

"Really?" my daughter asked.

"Cross my heart."

Then in a theatrical whisper he added, indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing:

"Too bad she never asks God for ice cream."

"A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My daughter stared at hers for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.

She picked up her sundae and without a word walked over and placed it in front of the woman.

With a big smile she told her:

"Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes, and my soul is good already."

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