Kids Say the Darnedest Things

A strange moment with my niece that I felt like sharing…

We were playing on the trampoline, jumping around when I mentioned that in order to do a certain thing, you would have to be a “very tiny human”. She immediately got a big grin and yelled, “I’ve seen one of those!” I raised an eyebrow. “You mean a midget?”

She immediately got a big grin and yelled, “I’ve seen one of those!”

I laughed. “You mean like, a midget?”

“No!” she replied. “It was like this big!” She made a one-inch space between her fingers. “I saw it outside!”

Now this was just weird. She’s not really the kind to make up odd stories. Creative, yes – but, a storyteller, no. I don’t know how much Tinkerbell she’s seen, but it’s still odd. It’s very probable she was just being silly, but it’s one heck of a story prompt, I’ll give it that.

I grinned back. “Well, kids do see some strange things, I guess.”

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Madness: A Short, Strange Story

This is an an old little thing I wrote a couple years ago. It was finals then too, and I was heavily sleep-deprived. Oh goodness! I may have to write a sequel!

Thing 1: What?
Thing 2: Oh, nothing.
Thing 1: Nothing at all?
Thing 2: Some sort of nothing, I should say.
Thing 1: So something as well as nothing?
Thing 2: No, just nothing of something.
Thing 1: I say…
Thing 2: Say what?
Thing 1: Yes.
Thing 2: What?
Thing 1: None of that.
Thing 2: None of what?
Thing 1: Yes.
Thing 2: We don’t have any of what? We really ought to.
Thing 1: I should say so.
Thing 2: But you haven’t?
Thing 1: I just did.
Thing 2: What?
Thing 1: Say so.
Thing 2: Not you!
Thing 1: Not me?
Thing 2: Of course not!
Thing 1: Fine then, I won’t!
Thing 2: Won’t what?
Thing 1: Say so!
Thing 2: But you just did.
Thing 1: Did what?
Thing 2: Yes.
Thing 1: Oh, I’d forgotten.
Thing 2: As had I. What are we forgetting?
Thing 1: How should I know?
Thing 2: I don’t know.
Thing 1: Me neither.
Thing 2: No, you’re not neither.
Thing 1: Then what am I?
Thing 2: What.
Thing 1: I’m what?
Thing 2: Yes.
Thing 1: And you? What are you?
Thing 2: No, you are.
Thing 1: I know, but which are you?
Thing 2: I don’t really know.
Thing 1: Neither do I.
Thing 2: No, I don’t really know.
Thing 1: Oh, you don’t?
Thing 2: No, I don’t really know.
Thing 1: Nor do I.
Thing 2: You don’t understand. More tea?
Thing 1: Certainly.