Through the Eyes of a Child

Words of wisdom

Authors often take scenes or situations from real life and put them into their stories. So this week I asked my fellow bloggers, “Have you ever observed a gathering of family or friends and thought an incident would make a good scene in a book?”

I’ve used my own experiences in several of my stories, like putting on a Christmas pageant at church, quilting, and teaching. Many of my characters have children and grandchildren who have mannerisms similar to my own family. But I have yet to incorporate a scene from my life, because I have a difficult time remembering entire conversations. What I can recall are one-line gems, all delivered by children. Here are a few that I’ve always thought might be humorous and toyed with putting them in books – but have yet to do so.

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I spent twenty-eight years teaching in a rural school district west of Grand Rapids, MI. I was the only Asian staff member, and the half dozen Asian students there had all been adopted into Caucasian families. I met one of the students’ parents after the Christmas program.

The mother took me aside and told me, “I’m so glad you’re here. Matthew came home all excited about his music teacher.”

I told her I understood his excitement, since I grew up looking different from all my school friends.

She laughed, telling me, “But if you were to describe how you looked different, what feature would you start with?”

“My eyes,” I told her.

“Exactly,” she said. “When I asked Matthew what he liked about you, he said, “She has a nose just like mine!”

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When hubby and I decided to get married, we broke the news to his three school aged children during a lunchtime visit. I was charmed by their reactions.

The six-year-old girl, having recently attended a family wedding, asked if she would be allowed to go, and when we told her she would be the flower girl, she got excited about getting a new dress to wear.

The ten-year-old boy jumped up and raised his arms in a fist-pump. “I knew it!” he cried. “I knew you guys were gonna get married.”

The twelve-year-old boy sat quietly, his brows drawn together. Finally, he looked at his father and asked, “Does this mean we’re going to be part Japanese now?”

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When my daughters were young, they loved to host sleepovers. I remember one occasion when I happened to overhear a conversation about what characteristics they wanted in a future spouse. Since these girls were barely into their teens, I thought I’d keep myself hidden and listen. Most of the answers were predictable: a guy with good looks, wealth, someone with good manners who was generous, someone who could make them laugh, etc. But the best one came from my own daughter, who said, “When I get married, I want to find someone who can handle it when I stink up the bathroom.”

That, my friends, is true love. Fortunately, she found Prince Charming, and he puts up with a lot more than stinky bathrooms.

 

What child-generated gems have you overheard?

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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18 Responses to Through the Eyes of a Child

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Oh, these are classic!
    Love the first one, especially… though there is much truth in the third one as well.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Re: story #1: I shared that story with my family, and they all loved it as well.
      Re: story #3 – When I finally stopped laughing, I realized she had a good point!

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  2. I LOVE these stories! Like Jeff, I especially love the first one. Have you seen the video made in the U.K. where they took two kids at a time who were friends and asked the to talk about their differences? Most of the kids were of different races, on set had one of the kids in a wheel chair and in one set, one of the friends had Down’s Syndrome. None of the kids mentioned any physical differences, if they came up with any differences at all.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I remember that video, Tonette. Makes me wonder about little Matthew – I wonder if he would have realized he was different unless someone else told him?

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  3. Love these stories, especially the first one.

    I have several tucked away for future use. One was when Wyatt was about 3 or 4 and from the back seat he was giggling and saying “hi” over and over. I asked him what he was doing and he told me he was playing peekaboo with the moon.

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  4. Fun memories, Patty! I also have a couple tucked away, including several that happened while I was driving one of the kids to or from school. (Seems like a lot of our conversations took place like that.)

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  5. alinakfield says:

    Great stories! Reminds of that segment on the old Art Linkleiter show-Kids Say the Darndest Things!

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  6. Alicia Dean says:

    How adorable!! Great blog post.

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  7. These are so cute! I enjoyed reading them. I have several of these stories and I might put them in a book someday. I use #StuffNoahSays on FB to keep my family members updated on the stuff my Noah says. He’s 10. And has had some gems. Most recently: Things wrong with the world — 1) France 2) Wearing the colors purple and gold at the same time 3) The pronunciation of the word “chevrolet”

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks, Kara. Love the hashtag! Your son has some interesting concerns! Hope you’re able to use some of his gems someday. Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Such cute stories. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Joselyn says:

    Overhearing the kids’ discussions is so fun. My girls plan to have a farm when they grow up and it’s hilarious to hear them make plans.

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