Gina Karasek
Aug 16 · 4 min read

Luckily our children have made us laugh more times than I can count. Over the years, I’ve had multiple requests from my readers to share some of our mini-stories with others. Here are more of them from past years.

(Remember as you read to use the age-appropriate voices and pronunciations in your head — sometimes that’s the funniest part).

My 5 things. ©Gina Karasek

Still 2012

Chris being manly. ©Gina Karasek

Chris (6 years old): I am really manly, I have at least 4 boo-boos!
Me: You know you’d be a little more manly if you didn’t use the word “boo-boo”…

*****

Breakfast time…
Andy (3): I want some other cereal!
Tim: The waffle kind?
Andy: Yeah.
Tim: Yes, please?
Andy: Yeah!
Tim: Yes, please!?!??
Andy: <in military voice> Yes, Please!!
<singing> yes, please…on my yes please head…on my yes please head….la-de-dah… Dad! Did you hear me? I said yes please on my yes please head!
Tim: <sighing>…I heard you…

©Gina Karasek

*****

Well…I guess civil engineering is out!

©Gina Karasek

*****

Reagan (5 years old) had written about 5 letters to “SOTKLS” (Santa Claus) one week, almost every day. She sealed them up before I could read them. I asked her what they said.

Rea: They say BRB, that’s Barbie.
Mom: All of them?
Rea: Yes.
Mom: Boy, you sure want a lot of Barbies for Christmas!
Rea: No, that’s just the only thing I can spell.

*****

The oldest “child” I have to deal with is often my husband himself…

Me: <texting Tim who was heading to the west side of the state with our youngest son that day>: Don’t get bit (or let Andy) by mosquitoes while there - Kent County has a high incidence of West Nile Virus now.
Tim: What about gnats? We have to go thru Ionia and it has high EHD
Me: …Tard
Tim: What about spiders? I don’t like spiders!
Me: <silence>
Tim: …and praying manti? They’re creepy!
Me: Changed my mind. Feel free to get WNV, just don’t let my son get it!

[Note: EHD = Epizootic hemorrhagic disease is a mostly fatal viral disease found in white-tailed deer. Deer are infected when they are bit by a gnat that is carrying the virus.]

*****

We were watching the Michigan State vs. Nebraska football game and Chris suddenly burst out laughing. {For those who may not know- MSU’s school colors are green and white, Nebraska’s are red.}

Me: What’s so funny, buddy?
Chris (7): A Nebraska player has the name Green on the back of his jersey! GO GREEN! HAHAHAHA!

©Gina Karasek

Go White!

*****

Andy (3 years old) was talking to us as he was getting ready for bed…

Andy: Mom, I can speak Spanish…upuh-leh-tay! That means put my pajama top on.
Me: Andy, did you go potty?
Andy: leh-tay! That means yes.
Me: <whispering to Kelsey> it sounds an awful lot like “put my pajama top on”…

The next day at lunch, Andy kept getting out of his seat…

©Gina Karasek

Me: Andy, oob-lah-doo! That means stay in your chair!
Andy: <smiling> No, that means you don’t have to take a nap today!
Kelsey: Mom, that’s not Spanish, it’s SpAndyish!

*****

Everyone went to karate one night except Andy and me.

Andy (3): Mom, you’re the boss now, right?
Me: Yes, Andy, but I’ll try not to be too bossy. I’ll just try to keep you safe, ok?
Andy: Ok. But if a bad guy comes, I’ll stick my tongue out at him and spit in his face!

Andy had his first dentist office visit the next morning...

Me: How did you like going to the dentist?
Andy: Good!
Me: Wasn’t she (the dental hygienist) nice?
Andy: Yes, and she wasn’t even bossy!

*****

Andy and Tim were eating lunch. Andy raised his hand.

Tim: Yes, Andy, what is it?
Andy: Daddy?….I love you!

*****

Tim was talking with Chris (7 years old) over breakfast and Chris was really interested, asking more and more questions, which Tim answered in depth.

Tim: Chris, you learned something already today, and it’s only 8:00
Chris: Dad, it’s 8:09!

Yep, that’s my boy!

*****

(See the first article in this series here :
https://blog.usejournal.com/the-lighter-side-of-having-5-kids-17242cfd94a2

and the second article here:
https://medium.com/pickle-fork/the-lighter-side-of-having-5-kids-part-2-f21ba37bfd98

The third is here:
https://medium.com/pickle-fork/the-lighter-side-of-having-5-kids-part-3-c6345aedd88
)

Pickle Fork

Letting creative juices flow.

Gina Karasek

Written by

You can also find Gina at: https://amazon.com/author/ginakarasek https://ginakarasek.wordpress.com

Pickle Fork

Letting creative juices flow.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade