The backseat diaries

by Jennifer on May 18, 2008

Lately, I find that my left palm is often marked up with one or two word notes to remind me of something the kids have said that I want to remember (usually so I can write about it here). You’d think, as a writer, that I would always have paper on hand, but I don’t. I do, however, usually have no less than 5 or 6 pens in my purse. Go figure.

Here are a few gems from the last couple of weeks…

The night of the Science Showcase at school…

Boy: A boy from my class was at school tonight and said he was contagious but got to come to school anyway. He said he was contagious at school today, too.

Me: That doesn’t sound good. Do you know what he’s contagious with?

Boy: I don’t know, but I hope it’s not diphtheria.


On the way home from school on Thursday…

Girl: My friend C from my class fell asleep at her desk this morning and had to go to the nurse’s office. She had a fever.

Me: Hmm, I wonder if she has the flu.

Girl: Maybe it’s the sleeping flu.

(Parents, just a suggestion: STOP sending your kids to school when they have a fever or are otherwise contagious! Pretty please…)


On the way home from school Friday…

Girl: Today was L’s last day of school because his family is moving to India.

Me: Really? Wow, that’s a long way to move.

Girl: And he’s going to send me a letter with his address so that we can, you know, visit them.

Me: Um, honey, you do realize that India is on a whole other continent, halfway around the world, right? Are you sure it was India?

Girl: Oh. Maybe it’s Indiana.


They do entertain me.

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slouching mom May 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Ben was born in Illinois, and for the longest time (the longest time!) he told people he was from India.

Illinois to India. Hmm…

Oh, the contagion! Thankfully, not diphtheria! LOL!

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Just Jamie May 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Oh, I’m so glad you’re saving these little gems. So, so priceless.

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Mrs. Chili May 18, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Indiana would certainly be an easier trip…

TOO cute.

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dragonfly May 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm

India, Indiana…what’s the difference?

Ah, the mind of a child. πŸ™‚

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Jenn @ Juggling Life May 18, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Either way his new school will want to make sure he’s up on his diptheria vaccine!

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Brenda May 18, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Maybe you COULD visit him in Indiana. Or maybe you should move to India!

And what do you kids say about your writing on your hands? I have to prohibit my children from doing it because if allowed, they would be covered head-to-toe in ink (or permanent marker) most of the time (or permanent marker), therefore they would never let it pass if I had markings on myself.

And about the little boy who admitted he was contagious…. Sometimes (rarely) I realize (after-the-fact) that my kids MIGHT have gone to school in a state of contagion, but I TELL them that they weren’t so no one panics!

Daryl May 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I am impressed an almost 2nd grader knows enough to confuse India with Indiana. I spewed coffee at Boy hoping its not diptheria…… I hope not too.

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the mama bird diaries May 18, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Indiana, India… Tomato, ToMAto.

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Madge May 18, 2008 at 6:33 pm

diptheria. that’s my favorite.

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flutter May 18, 2008 at 8:41 pm

well you already know I am in love with your girl

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Hatchet May 18, 2008 at 10:20 pm


I thought she was going to suggest being pen pals with the kid in India/Indiana. Does anyone do that anymore?

I mean, other than all of us bloggers….

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Tootsie Farklepants May 18, 2008 at 10:56 pm

The sleeping flu. aka “Mono”.

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D / Momma May 19, 2008 at 4:47 am

Gotta love kids and the way their minds think! Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

Peace – D

apathy lounge May 19, 2008 at 6:39 am

Thankfully, Indiana requires no layovers in Singapore. What a funny story!

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cce May 19, 2008 at 6:45 am

I wish I could remember to jot down all the hilarious lines…they really are funny little creatures.

Minnesota Matron May 19, 2008 at 8:20 am

Pretty funny– I always tell people that children are unreliable narrators! I’ve heard some doozies from the backseat myself!

melissa May 19, 2008 at 8:44 am

That’s hilarious. I wonder how the boy heard of diptheria? An interesting choice of disease!

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Nicole P May 19, 2008 at 9:56 am

Kids are so darned funny!!

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Lisa May 19, 2008 at 11:13 am

Germ gems–Very funny!!
A big THANK YOU for telling parents to stop sending sickies to school–I’d like to add Tylenol does not cure a virus πŸ˜‰

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San May 19, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Jennifer, your kids are so cool. Maybe the schoolmate is moving to India(na) to escape from the diphtheria/sleeping flu epidemic.

Milena May 19, 2008 at 3:26 pm

They entertain me too! I’m convinced that a child’s mind rewrites everything for the express purpose of entertaining us. May it always be so.

Tricia May 19, 2008 at 6:11 pm

I may have to adopt your pen-to-skin memory trick. Every time I go to jot down a delicious quote, I forget it. By the time I’m 70, my short term memory will be so far vanished; I’ll forget to put on underwear. Maybe by then I won’t care.

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Sandy (Momisodes) May 19, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Oy. I hope it wasn’t diptheria either πŸ˜‰ Those are hilarious! Kids never fail to offer the best blog fodder πŸ™‚

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Franki May 19, 2008 at 7:28 pm

India is far away and kinda cramped, but still must be infinitely more interesting than Indiana. I grew up in Illinois, so I must know what I’m talking about.

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we_be_toys May 20, 2008 at 10:08 am

I love the stuff kids say – I always mean to write it down for posterity, but I never remember.
My sister tells me its crucial to do so, because then you can read those sweet tthings they said, when they’re creepy teens.
I guess the teen years are screwed now – all for a lack of paper!

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JCK May 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm

I never get tired of the things they say. Little gems all of them!

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HRH May 23, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Many call centers in India have the same thought…India…Indiana…what is the difference.

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Manic Mommy May 23, 2008 at 7:17 pm

I did hear that diptheria is making a comeback. So is consumption.

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