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Caledonai14 Sun 13-Jan-19 17:04:12

Yesterday, I was sitting behind a young couple on the bus. The man was snoozing and the mum got into a rather desperate conversation with her daughter who was aged about four. I was trying hard not to listen, but the woman sounded a little stressed as she tried to explain that, no, she would never give the little girl alcohol to make her better. She did, however, sometimes give her Calpol. The more the poor mum pronounced the medicine deliberately and correctly, the more the little girl was clearly saying: "Yes mummy, alcohol...for when I'm sick." We've all been there with children and I wondered if anyone had a similar story to share?

fourormore Sun 13-Jan-19 17:31:36

Our GD was about 4yrs old when she was convinced that her Great Grandma had a giraffe in her front room.
It took us a while to twig that my Mum had been complaining of a draught in her front room.
Said GD is now 20 and we still don't let her forget it grin

Parsley3 Sun 13-Jan-19 17:56:16

My GD hoped she would get an ‘extinction’in her ballet exam. Thankfully, she only got a merit. 😀

phoenix Sun 13-Jan-19 18:24:27

My God daughter wondered if her mummy needed to take her "description" to the chemist.

"He!lo, I'm 4ft 10" , shoe size 2, with light brown hair" (my friend, not me) Don't think that would have helped much with her bronchitis.

merlotgran Sun 13-Jan-19 18:52:13

DH has been a MasterChef fan for as long as it's been on the telly. It was only recently that he saw John Torode's name flashed up on the screen and realised his name wasn't Jonty Rhodes.

Grannybags Sun 13-Jan-19 21:19:48

We were in a holiday cottage with my parents and my two young sons.

One morning my son asked "has Grandad got blue shoes?" He had just announced he was off for his ablutions!

Caledonai14 Sun 13-Jan-19 23:08:39

I'm loving all of these. Keep them coming grin.

Grammaretto Sun 13-Jan-19 23:30:43

DD aged maybe 4 came rushing out of grandma's bedroom looking shocked. "Grandmas' got horse's teeth" she announced, impressed . Grandma had been in the process of putting in her false teeth and had tried to explain what they were called.

Mamissimo Sun 13-Jan-19 23:42:09

Aged 5 I told my parents that I was learning about the Holy Fire Engine and baby Jesus at school. She has been thus known in our family ever since.

Kalu Sun 13-Jan-19 23:51:05

DD2, as a child, would often sing, ‘two lips from Amsterdam ‘ 😂

Kalu Sun 13-Jan-19 23:58:26

Another favourite was, ‘look at me I’m Sandra Dee, lousy whisper ginity’🤭. From the film Grease and the lyrics were, lousy with virginity.

Grandma2213 Mon 14-Jan-19 00:07:16

When my MIL had cancer her appetite was very poor and she began to have a glass of sherry as an aperitif. We explained to young DS that it meant she would eat more food. He replied. 'Well she would eat better with a pair of teeth.' (pronounced 'teef' of course.)

maryhoffman37 Mon 14-Jan-19 11:38:13

fourormore We still say "giraffes" for "draughts"! The best one I know was a friend's niece, aged three who, when asked if she'd had a nice holiday, replied, "Yes. Plenty of sex." The interlocutor was too disconcerted to enquire further!

Aepgirl Mon 14-Jan-19 11:40:16

My nephew told me that their new house had a ‘nativity room’ (utility).

cheneslieges132 Mon 14-Jan-19 11:41:17

Years ago my friend's daughter aged about 4 said "I would love to have a Salvation dog" !! (obviously meant Alsatian).

frankie74 Mon 14-Jan-19 11:42:56

When our DS was about 3 he saw a steam train on the line in North Wales. He shouted "It's Jaffa Cakes". It took awhile but with careful questions it turned out he meant "Geoff Capes" the strong man famous for pulling a locomotive. Aah!

Pudding123 Mon 14-Jan-19 11:45:37

My daughter now 34 when 5 only thing she asked for was a tamberine for Christmas, turned out she wanted a trampoline, good job I kept asking .

Tweedle24 Mon 14-Jan-19 11:47:35

My much younger sister, having been told off by our mother, told Dad that she did not like Mummy any more and wanted a blue Mummy (new)

GrandmaPam Mon 14-Jan-19 11:47:41

When I was little (so many, many years ago!) I was sent to the chemist and asked for some nitro-glycerine for a sore throat. Mum was mortified when the chemist rang he to establish we actually wanted glycerine of thymol....
And another one, whilst I think, my Mum went to buy a replacement part for her 'Smith & Wesson' lawnmower - we're still not sure what she meant!

ReadyMeals Mon 14-Jan-19 12:09:47

When my daughter was about 3 or 4 we went to the seaside, and knowing she'd love the slot machines and things I said enthusiastically "we're going on the pier soon". She kept asking "are we going on the pier soon?" And I was reassuring her "yes we're going there now" as we walked along the promenade. Then we got to the pier, and she was asking " are we going on the pier soon" so I said "we're on the pier now". She got upset and said "I want to go on the pier soon!!" By this time I was getting exasperated... until it suddenly dawned on me she was looking forward to going to this exciting new place called a "Piersoon" that she thought I had been saying.

Nvella Mon 14-Jan-19 12:11:25

At 4 I told my parents that at school we prayed to an “old nightie” (almighty)

rosieod1 Mon 14-Jan-19 12:13:37

My nephew asked me why my daughter had terrible palsy,he couldn't say cerebral

grandMattie Mon 14-Jan-19 12:15:55

My son loved receiving "vultures" as present. we still call them that.

Gaggi3 Mon 14-Jan-19 12:17:27

DGS 1, aged about 18months, was very frustrated one day in the car, when his Mother thought he was asking for nose wipes. Turned out to be a request for nursery rhymes on the CD player.

gulligranny Mon 14-Jan-19 12:18:55

When I was little I got very confused by the song "Underneath The Arches", which I was convinced was actually "Underneath The Archers", as in "an everyday story of country folk".