When Children Say Fun Things
January 1982

“When Children Say Fun Things,” Ensign, Jan. 1982, 61

When Children Say Fun Things

It has been said that “a child is someone who passes through your life, and them disappears into an adult.” But I have captured a bit of the early lives of my nine children by recording their clever, sage, and funny sayings during a ten-year period when they were young.

It wasn’t hard. When something funny or unusual was said by the children that I felt I would like to remember forever (or at least until they were grown so I could tell them), I simply wrote it on a scrap of paper and put it in a certain place. Every year or so I would type up the words I had recorded, and as the years passed these pages grew in number.

Last January we met together for family home evening with all of our children and their families, as we regularly do the first Monday of each month. As a surprise, I presented each of the children with a copy of a booklet that I had compiled of these recorded sayings. I titled it “Out of the Mouths of Children.”

What a joyful evening we had as we sat around taking turns reading from this booklet! My children now treasure these words as an important part of their personal histories. Wanda West Badger, Salt Lake City, Utah