Out of the mouth of babes — 22 Comments

  1. 1, 2, 3, 6 & 10. Not necessarily in that order.


    Although I have a degree of sympathy with grandsprog because when I was 13/14 (back in the dawn of time) I knew it all and understood everything with a degree of clarity greatly exceeding that of my poor ignorant parents. Fortunately, upon leaving school I established contact with reality.

    • I had forgotten that, and of course you’re right.  Though 3 should cover that?

      Yes, I remember the days when I knew it all.  Then I left school and had to start again from scratch.

  2. I like the last bit.  It’s a little below the belt, but you have to be cruel to be kind?  There is more than a grain of truth in it too….

    • Not really cruel, if she hasn’t figured out by now that her mum and dad are….*cough* “difficult”… then there is no way she should be on fecesbook with so little ‘nouse’, she’ll get eaten alive. Sometime I must ask my own kids when they first realised that their beloved Mama was a basket case and that other children had mothers on the same planet as themselves.

    • I remember reading somewhere once that grandparents and grandchildren have a special bond because they have a common enemy.

    • Don’t go there! If I – like a few others here – remember right the “I know it all” stage of being a teenager, the answer to that one will be something in the gist of “well, look at the parents of my parents, and you’ll know why they’re such fuckups …”

      As I said: Don’t go there, please.

      Make it a challenge for her: If she can find proof of smoking or SHS being a proven cause of whatever, you promise to stop smoking. 😉 Be prepared to analyse a lot of junk science for her – nice life lesson, no? 😉

    • Nope, can’t come up with a thing (even with your list of choices to guide me). Then again, I never had kids. Took care of a lot of them but I could always send them back home so their parents could deal with situations like this instead of me.

  3. Dear Grandad

    13 eh? You mean she’s missed out on 8 years of legal smoking (at least by UK rules, assuming it is the same age for drinking – i.e. 5).

    I collected the fag ends of unfiltered cigarettes after a parental party and tried to smoke the accumulated baccy in one of those plastic bubble pipes with the red bowl and white tube. Needless to say it melted and the smoke tasted of plastic. I tried a ‘cigar’ of dry leaves from the kungu tree and singed my tongue.

    My Dad took pity one me (and older brother) and gave us each a cigarette when I was around 9 or 10. After I had puffed mine down to nothing (I didn’t inhale) and did the same for my brother’s, Dad made a deal that if we didn’t smoke until we were 21, he’d give us £5. Each.

    Money talks. We both collected.


    PS Today is National Smoking Day, so I had a ciggie – one of my 2 to 6 per year.

    • National smoking day?

      I don’t smoke ciggies so lit a fire of paper, cardboard, plastic wrappers etc just to get in the spirit of it. Clouds of smoke rose gracefully from t’chimney t’was a delight.

  4. Very impressive little “experiment”. Can someone with a farcebook account be so kind as to tell that oh so smart guy that lung tissue is not made of absorbant cotton balls and throats are not made of plastic tubes and don’t need cleaning out with a pristine white cloth? Maybe also give a little hint that human lung tissue has an amazing ability to clean itself, otherwise his own lung would certainly not look any better than his cute little cotton balls – or does he live on top of a very, very high mountain where no air pollutants can possibly reach him? If so, how did he get his little experiment on Farcebook? By spooky action on a distance? If he decides in a panic to move to a mountain top preferably in the Himalayas, give him advice to take his little cotton balls with him so he can see if he’s really safe from air pollutants. Poor man, he must suffer so …

      • Yeah, that kind of “experiment” always looks so very impressive … you could also tell granddaughter to ask a pathologist if he’s able to tell a smoker’s lung from a non-smoker’s. They can’t. And you could tell her that smokers’ lungs are used for transplants without a second’s hesitation …

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