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February 5, 2007, Herald Journal

And busses for all

By JEN BAKKEN

If there are children in your life, then you know pronouncing words correctly can be difficult for them. Sometimes, these pronunciations can be quite funny and this week, I have a few for you.

A 5-year-old girl hears the song, “Amazing Grace” and asks her mom, “Mommy who is Amazing Grace, and why is she amazing?”

A young boy, out of the blue, announces to his father, “Dad, I love cows.” The dad asks why and thinks his son will tell him it’s because cows are cute or because he likes farm animals. But instead, the boy replies, “Because they are so yummy.”

A preschool-age boy was walking with his teacher through the halls at school. It was October and the walls were decorated with Halloween pictures. While he admired the festive art, he said, “Oooooh, look at all the spooky pissers.”

A 4-year-old girl looked at her mom and told her, “Mommy, I can see your zebra.” Confused, the mother asks, “What?” The little girl points at a strap on her mommy’s shoulder and says, “Right here mommy, I can see your Z … bra.”

A young boy is trying to get out of cleaning his room. He tried every excuse he could think of, but his mom didn’t fall for any of them. He stomped his feet all the way to his room and slammed the door.

A while later, his dad opened the door to check if the room had been cleaned. His son was creative and had moved the mess to a corner of his room, then covered it with a blanket. The father looked at his little guy and said, “Do you think this is clean enough for mommy?”

The boy growled back, “Well, it better be!” Then the father said, “Well, I better go ask her.” To which his son angrily responded, “NO, I’ll go axe her!”

Luckily, his daddy knew he meant the word ask and didn’t mean he would be axing his mother!

Two elementary-age boys were comparing their baseball card collections. One boy said, “I bet I have way more than you do!”

The other shot back with, “No way, I have a hun-nerd.” Surely, he meant a hundred, and I wonder if this argument is still continuing!

At Ripley Elementary School in Litchfield, a youngster was overheard reciting the pledge. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and … busses for all.”

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher or anyone with a child in your life… there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done. Any of those endearing moments you love to share with others and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano we are proud of our community, our schools and our children… why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can email your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com, fax them to 763-972-1029 or mail them to Tiny Tales, 430 Hwy 12 E. Suite 4, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328.