Friday, November 13, 2009

From the mouths of babes

I have noticed a couple of HILARIOUS posts about kids saying funny things here and here... which reminded me of a blog post I had in mind....

When I was 19 I decided to take myself across the seas to work as a nanny in London for a couple of years.  I was a temporary nanny  and I never lived with the families just went Mon-Fri. ( except for that one time when I lived- in with a really wealthy and posh family in Fulham on a 3 week contract and the father of the 6 month old twins flashed at me!! - filthy pig bastard I got you back didn't I you prick! Told your wife and the agency and totally embarrassed you  filthy old perve clearly I have some unresolved anger towards this man...   Anyway, whilst living over yonder I got a gig housesitting in this amazing house owned by 2 writers.  They ahd four grown up children and they were supercool and creative and artistic and so in love with each other and I loved them! We were talking about what you would grab in a fire because the house was so filled up with beautiful things. So they showed me what they called "The Book". It was a rather ordinary looking notebook but inside was a treasure trove of family history. They had written down EVERY single one of those hilarious little gems their children come out with. I was amazed at the dedication  and diligence... it was very comprehensive. They said if they were out and one of them said something funny they would jot it down on a bit of paper and then transferred it to the book when they got home.

AND they let me read it. I laughed, I cried and it was the most beautiful and sweet book I have ever read. It was 16 years ago way before I even really knew if I would have children but  I just knew I would have to do it if I did.

Busy has only been talking for 12 months and our little book already makes me giggle. We are both diligent about it - write it down on a scrap of paper and then put it in the book- you won't remember all of them...

here is ours:

see... it doesn't have to be fancy...


  1. What a cool idea!

    I've got books for my boys that go up to 5 years old and have filled them with some funny stuff....which reminds me....I must add the very fascinating fact that 'ants think we're giants, but we're not' to the list!


  2. I did the same when my kids were small - and now at 18 and 14 they love them ...and think they are hilarious!

  3. Yes, I missed the boat with the 16yo but have done it with the 11yo and now the 3yo. They are hilarious. It's such a great idea.

  4. nice, i like that. need to start that one asap! thanks ♥

  5. Thats FANTASTIC!!! I should have done it sooner!!

  6. This is such a brilliant idea. I might have to start it now with number 3. Thank for the inspiration.

  7. I am 40 next year and my mum kept a journal for the first 5 of years of my life and it is such a treasure. There's the infamous incident when my mum found me 'killing my gum boot' my words don't know why?? and of course the case of the not so tasty moth!


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