Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Out of the mouths of babes

With Mothers Day coming up this weekend, I wanted to share a picture of an adorable plaque my mother- in law made. Before you can appreciate the plaque, you need to hear the story behind it. Years ago my in-laws moved out east and right near a beautiful beach. Some summers, they would invite their grandkids out to spend a few days with them. They enjoyed taking the kids separately so they could give them lots of individual attention. Once when my youngest was seven and visiting them, I called as usual to say Hi and Ask how things were going. I called him at about 11 AM. the phone call went something like this.. "hi sweetheart, how is it going at grandmas house?" good What are you doing? eating dinner. Eating dinner? Do you mean lunch? No dinner. What are you eating? Spaghetti and meatballs. ( a little baffled, I say...) oh, why are you eating dinner so early. ( VERY Firmly, he replies..) THAT'S THE WAY WE DO IT HERE!
It was so funny! I am still not sure if he Was annoyed that THAT IS the way they do it there, Or was he well adjusted after a couple of days in his new household and he was Defending that THAT is the way they do it there!! I thought it was so adorable and Of course SO did his grandparents. When grandma came on the phone and I told her what he had said, She went hysterical laughing and Got SUCH a big kick out of it, that it became one of those phrases that you just can't Stop saying. I'm sure every family has many like this.... Sometimes you don't even remember where they began. In this case, we will never forget where it came from.
So... For the last EIGHT years, Grandma and Grandpa have NEVER forgotten what came 'out of the mouth of a babe" and they say it to each other and they enjoy laughing over the memory of my little one saying it. When my mother-in-law saw this Perfectly Appropriate picture frame at Kohls she couldn't resist. She added a picture of him, his age and name and the words - Out of the mouths of babes and of course the famous line that has now become a family classic! THAT'S THE WAY WE DO IT HERE.
Many are probably curious ( as I was) WHY DO they do it like that???
Grandma and Grandpa wanted to make sure they fed him a good meal at home before they set out for the long day where there would be ice cream and burger king and candy treats!

it's difficult to read it but
the frame says Grandchildren
speak to the heart
live love laugh
memories in time
great job Mom!


paisley said...

that is so adorable,, and to have it immortalized in that plaque is priceless... your mother in law sounds like a gem of a grandmother!!!!

myrtle beached whale said...

I always enjoy when you say out east when you live in Long Island. One time when I was growing up a friend of mine moved "out east" to MONTANA.

Tammy said...

I can't wait for our grandkids to come visit w/o mom & dad. ;) I'll have to use that phrase I'm sure. Beautiful gift! hug

giggles said...

Kinda like " MY house MY rules" is my saying! I guess my grandchildren will say that's how we do it here too! This is the sweetest post! What a great memory, and keepsake!

Hugs Giggles

forgetfulone said...

My ex- MIL in Nebraska calls lunch "dinner" and dinner "supper." Annoys us Southerners!

Pretty plaque/picture frame!