Thursday, January 31, 2008

Next Time ... Jot It Down On Your Hand

Little Billy came in from school and dropped his backpack by the front door. On his way to the kitchen I asked, "How was school today, Little Billy?"

He opened the door to the refrigerator, stood in front of it and said, "Horrible."

I said, "Why?"

Then he said, "No - not really. It was great! It was exhilarating," and then he peeked his head into the refrigerator.

I looked over and could only see his back, as his body was behind the door and I said, "It was?" and laughed. "Do you know what exhilarating means?"

He peeked out from behind the refrigerator door, looked over at me, cracked a little smile and said, "Not really."

He grabbed the jug of milk and closed the refrigerator door and then said, "I used a big word on the bus today," he plunked the milk jug up on the counter. "So-and-so always feels the need to protect me - you know - because I'm small and all - he was saying something about how my parents wouldn't let me go to see SAW IV (which they WILL NOT, by the way!) because I'm too little and I said to him, 'Just because I'm little, doesn't mean I'm _______ (fill in blank with big word he supposedly used - but now can not remember - he thinks it might start with a P and means - 'not as small and useless as you think I am').

I laughed and said, "What was the word - pathetic?"

"No," he said.

"Was it puny?"

"No," he said.

He never remembered the big word that he used, but was proud nonetheless.

Walking out of the kitchen I turned back and said, "When you remember the word - let me know."

"Why?" he took a big swig of milk and looked across the room in my direction.

"So I'll know the word and maybe so I can use it sometime," I started walking up the stairs, "I can use it sometime, right?"

He smiled and said, "Sure," like this was very cool that I would want to use one of his words.


On the upside ... It helps if you HAVE a word - to actually USE a word. But ... in our family - we give credit for just having ever used a word at all! No need to recall it ever again. I'm very proud of him. I'm certain it was an impressive word.

72 comments:

multipleblessings said...

If he remembers what the word was, I hope you tell us... Because now I'm curious! *lol*

Julie

dlyn said...

I wanna know the word too!

Are You Serious! said...

That's so cute! You've gotten some great stories from your son lately! Loved it!

Don Mills Diva said...

I'm sure that it was an impressive word too!

This Southern Belle said...

Good for him for using the word, whatever it was, and sticking up for himself? BTW, I can't even make MYSELF watch any of the SAW movies! Scary!

Tot's Mom said...

Now, what word would that be? I like to use it sometime too. Can I?

Amy said...

i wish we knew the word, as i am always looking to expand my vocabulary!!! hats off to billy!!!

Leah said...

I say, give credit where it's due! Good for you! LOL That's funny he couldn't remember the word he used. let's just hope it was something appropriate...

Karen MEG said...

You described that scene so perfectly, backpack and all, and how like a boy to forget the amazing word he used.
Let us know the word when it pops up again!

MamaGeek said...

Oooooh, sounds like a genius to me. I wonder what the word was. I bet it was something with a frazillion syllables or something! Something realllllllly impressive!

Val Cox said...

wow, fantastic moment, thanks for capturing it for us!

Bren said...

Oh, now I'm curious and keep going over P words in my head. I'm sure it was impressive!!

Hillary said...

That is such a cute story. Way to go Billy!

LunaNik said...

Your kids are so funny. I'm tellin ya Kellan...REALITY. TV.

Peapodsquadmom said...

I'm so glad I found your blog! Funny, funny stuff we get from our kids. I hope Billy remembers his word, 'cause this mommy is CURIOUS!

Maria said...

I only wish I had those kinds of problems. To be little again.

Queeny said...

The P word; go figure.

By the way, I gotta ask: Did he use his British accent at all?

Jen said...

Awww! Good for him for standing up for himself though!

You have really good kids you know...it comes through in your blog. What a great mama.

jennifer h said...

P words are dancing through my head. Let us now if he remembers! Love the way you drop us right into a moment.

Bavani said...

I love your little boy's philosophy. Use the right word at the right time and forget it :)
If only we could all do this - our minds would not be so clogged.

LaskiGal said...

Wow,it was like I was sitting at your kitchen table listening to this little exchange. I do hope you share the word! Hmmm. . . wouldn't it have been funny if puny had been the BIG word?

Hey, I watched AI tonight and did a review of it on my blog. I'm obsessed, I think. Any favorites from Omaha or Florida???

Brittany said...

This is serious stuff. I now need to know the word, as well. haha.
Great philosophy! How sweet.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm impressed you could let it go at a "P" word. I would have read him the entire "P" section of the dictionary until he recognized the word! I guess I'm just a little OCD that way!

Angela said...

Growing up I used some words I should have never used. Now that I know I should have been embarised

Growing up big words and all

pb&j in a bowl said...

Sure hope you find out the word, soon. inquiring minds want to know.

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Okay, now I'm really curious! Could it be petrified?? C'mon Little Billy, think of that word! :) He's so adorable, Kellan! Take care.

Lizzy

bermudabluez said...

Now you are going to have to ask him every single day, Kellan, because inquiring minds want to know!! Very cute story!

Mo said...

What a brave guy to want to see Saw IV! I love when kids use large words :)

Family Adventure said...

I googled all P words, but haven't yet found any words meaning "not as small and useless as you think I am". When he remembers, be sure to share :)

Heidi

Laura said...

I so enjoy your stories and how you make me feel like I am a fly on your wall!!!

I wonder what the word is...please let us know if he remembers.

He sure seemed proud... way to go!

kim-d said...

Sometimes you just have to take these things in steps. First you learn a big word you can actually use. Next year will be for remembering it. And then somewhere down the road, sometimes you find out little and useless isn't so bad...like if you're (quite a bit) too big and doing (way) too much work--HAHA! Gotta love that Little Billy--my "p" word for him is precocious.

Beth said...

Glad it was a BIG word and not a BAD word!

Jen said...

What was the word?! That's gonna bug me all day. (Nah, not really). Good for him for sticking up for himself. I think he is P-ositively P-recious.

Karen said...

Yeah for big words! Just avoid "abreast" as the word of the day. ;)

Sniz said...

Great story! Little Billy is so cute. And I hope if he remembers the word, you share it!

Mary Alice said...

A big vocabulary can be exponentially fun.

Lisa said...

I can appreciate Billy's vocabulary. Rosie collects words, then uses them later. Usually completely out of context. ;o)

kimmy said...

Kids are so funny! Mine always use words in a sentence that don't make any sense. My son's favorite word to use is "miracle." The other day it was a "miracle that I cooked supper." Not sure why, I cook it every night! Maybe it just tasted better...who knows!

Kimmy

Jo-N said...

He's very clever and I like the way you talk to him. I'm curious about that word too!

BTW, I'm linking one of your posts in my latest post. I hope you don't mind. Let me know if you feel uncomfortable. I will remove the link then.

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

My tiny one likes to use big words that he can not remember also. Tell lil Billy not to worry D man is not allowed to watch Saw movies either.

:)
Tami

Dawn said...

That happens to me also- a brilliant word that perfectly describes what I want to say comes to my head...and then leaves! It will probably come back to him while at the strangest moment.

Amy said...

You know what? I am just in love with your little Billy! He makes me wish I had a son. He's just a sweetie!

Kathryn said...

If he thinks of the word you will have to let us know. This is going to eat at me now.
He is just too adorable for words. I just love the Little Billy.

Marie said...

I wanna know too!

Toni said...

You got a smart one there, Kellan. A smart one, indeed.

Steph said...

I think he should just get credit for using the big words, even if he doesn't remember them or know what they mean. You have to start building a vocabulary some place.

Have a good day!!
Steph

Pennies In My Pocket said...

I not only need the word, but the correct spelling for it...Spell check is my best friend, ya know. lol

So funny! Great post!

~melody~

KATE said...

That would drive me nuts to not know what the word was. hee hee, Cute story! Cute kids!

Patti said...

Yeah I want to know what the word was too but hey i'm impressed at him using big words! Smart boy!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

I love your retellings! Your Billy is quite the character.
Kinda cool that there is a kid around who wants to look out for him though, the bus can be a mean place:)

suchsimplepleasures said...

what a funny post! i can only imagine that word used...but, that is cute about how proud he was that you may want to use it, too!!
xoxo

and...good for him, for sticking up for himself! he must have such confidence!

nicki said...

You read my blog the other day when my five year old asked me if I had short term memory loss. Some of the things that come out of their mouths...! Hilarious.

OHmommy said...

Give him credit, indeed. What a funny kid.

You must laugh all day long!

Catizhere said...

paltry, petite, petty, picayune, piddling*, pint-sized*, pitiful, pocket-sized*, poor, puny*, pygmy???

bren j. said...

I hope Little Billy remembers soon because that's gonna drive me crazy not knowing! :)

suzanne said...

Oh...OUT of the mouths of babes.
I just love it...he sounds like a great little character. I am sure you never have a dull moment in your house.

ALF said...

found your site from Melissa over at Hope for the Hopeless - just wanted to say hi!

Cute story!

Cheeky said...

Oh please tell us if he remembers....I will be looking at the P's in the dictionary to see if I can find it LOL

girlymom said...

Watch he'll come back with a B word and laugh saying it was close enough...just upside down! That Little Billy is full of spunk! :)

livin' with me said...

If he remembers please let us know what the word was. Cute story!

Andrea said...

has he remembered the word yet??

Holly said...

Too funny! I love it when my boys try and use new words. It cracks me up sometimes.

Pam said...

Oh, I'm searching my brain for the word he might have used....how funny!

Bia said...

is this the same Billy who wanted to take British as a language? he is so adorable!

God bless!

Dad said...

Good Kellan, GOOD

Angela said...

That was classic! Go Billy for standing up for himself!

Mary said...

ha ha ha I would love to know what the word was! But if he said it was BIG, I'm sure it was :) He sounds like a cutie!

TheCynicalOptimist said...

I'm pretty sure my husband just makes words up to sound cool. Do oyu guys give credit for that too?

He sounds just too darling for words!

Joanna said...

Oh that Billy!!

yertle said...

This is so cute. It reminds me of a story my mom told me. When she was little she was playing at a friends house and broke a doll. The mother asked her if she did it accidentally or deliberately. She didn't know what it meant, but thought that deliberately was a cool word. That wasn't the right choice.

HRH said...

It is so fun that he used it, is proud of it and can't remember it. Classic boy.

Heather said...

Hopefully, it wasn't a big, four letter word.

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