Joshisms: Out of the Mouths of Babes (Ages 3-5)

Out of the Mouths of Babes! It is a cliche that is so appropriate here.¬†Soon after Joshua began to talk, his wittiness and forthrightness began to emerge through his words. The perception of the world and people around him…values, love, appreciation, all of that exuded from Josh. During these years, he was a blast to watch as he transformed from babyhood.¬†

Mom’s Remembrances of Joshisms (2009-2011)

Joshua, about age fourNot really having a complete story (or date) behind them, the following are funny little notations of Josh as he masters the English language.

  • Papa Jeff’s “hiccup” truck
  • Hangaburger
  • “Your my darling,” Josh says, as he pats my back and looks over my shoulder
  • I reached behind me in the car to comfort Josh; he grabs my hand, puts his face in my palm and says, “My hands remember you.”
  • “This brownie’s goin to be so good…sooo good that I can’t even believe it! Okay, now we have to put it in the cooker and then, Tada! Brownies!”

On Protecting Loved Ones from Bad Stuff

Joshua: “I had a bad dream.”

Mom: “You want to tell me about it?”

Josh: “No…I don’t want to put it in your head.”

The Meaning of Outside

Joshua with Nana's dog, BeauJoshua: “Can I walk Chico?”

Mom: “Not outside.”

Joshua: “Silly Goose! I’m going out back!”

On Providing Opinions


(January 2010)

On Being Four…Out of the Mouths of Babes

Josh the Chemist

Josh at age four.

Joshua–“Mooooom, can you wipe my butt?!”

Mom–“No, you’re four years old now; you can wipe your own.”

Joshua–“No, I’m not four…I’m FREE!!!”

(January 2010)

On Teamwork

At Nana’s House

We are upstairs in the playroom, cleaning up and I ask Joshua to help me clean up baseball cards strewn across the floor. As we were picking up, Joshua stops picking up and looks at me and says, ‘Good teamwork, Mom. Give me a high five.” He presents his fist to me for the ever-so-cool pound. He then gets straight back to work. I ask him to hand me the lid to a game box and he grabbed the lid and asked, “Do you want it? Yeah? Do you want it?” All the while with the most devious smile on his face. Laughing, I grabbed the lid and said, “Give it to me you goofball.”

Then, Joshua jumps up and runs to the doorway. “Where are you going Joshua,” I ask.

“I be right back, ok? You wait right here and I be right back, ok?”

I say, “Ok.”

It had been a little while and I started wondering what was taking so long, so I got up and grabbed a few things to put away in the hall. Passing by, I heard a little whisper, “Mommy, don’t come in here.”

“What Joshua?”

“Sorry Mom. Sorry Mommy.” Joshua sounded slightly sad and frantic. “Why are you sorry Joshua?” I asked, then went in to see what was going on. Joshua had done #2 and got off the toilet, smearing all the #2 mess all over the toilet. Not knowing what to do, he got back onto the toilet, getting all the the lovely mess all over his bottom and legs.

“Oh Joshua,” I said.

“I’m sorry, Mommy. I’m sorry!”

“That’s okay; let’s get you cleaned up, K?”

I begin to clean his bottom and he is bent over, touching the floor so I can clean the goop, and he says,

“Momma, you’re going to get a treat for this. You’re gonna get two treats! Good teamwork, Mom. High five!”

I try to maintain my focus without completely bursting out in laughter. Finally, we finish and we are ready to take our bags downstairs. Joshua followed me down the first four stairs and then turned to me and said,

“Teamwork, Mom. Let me pull the case down (he is three years old).”

“The case is really heavy; I think it is too heavy for you,” I said.

“Mom. (He looked at me as if he was saying, “Are you kidding?”) Teamwork, high five.” Then he grabs the suitcase and begins to attempt to pull it downstairs.


“Can I help you Joshua?” I ask; he nods yes. I help him down the rest of the way. At the end of the stairs, he is satisfied and gives me a high five.

“Good teamwork, Mom! High five!”

(November 2009)

The Wonder of Mother Nature

Josh at age three--out of the mouths of babes!

Josh at age three.

Joshua: “What kind of clouds are these?”

Mom: “The clouds before the rain.”

Joshua: “Oh wow, so cool!”


Read More Joshisms:

Joshisms: Confucianism Meets Yogisms (2016)

Joshisms: Kids Say the Darndest Things! (Age 7)

Joshisms: Words of Wisdom (Age 6)

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