Things I’ve heard kids say – Part 2

I realised I had a poop-load more after writing the first post, so I just had to do a part 2.

1. “My favourite country is Greece because I like the movie Grease.”
Now, I didn’t actually hear this one from the girl who said it, but it has got to be one of my favourite quotes from a child ever.

2. Me: “Do you reckon you’d need to be good with animals to be a vet?”
Girl: “I’m good with animals because I have a fish and I only feed it sometimes.”
Should I be concerned?

3. Girl: When I grow up I want to be a servant.
Me: A…servant?
Girl: Yeah, like a servant at a restaurant.
Me: You mean a waitress?
Girl: Yeah, a waitress.

4. *A continuation from the conversation in #3*
Me: So, do you think you’d need to go to university to be a waitress?
Girl: Yes, coz it’s really hard work.

5. I’d just taught a lesson at Sunday School about how Jesus turned water into wine and I demonstrated this by adding purple jelly crystals to water. I was reviewing the lesson when this happened.
Me: So, Jesus turned…
Boy: Purple?!

6. While babysitting…
Girl: Get your bag, we’re going to Australia.
Me: Okay. What are we gonna do there?
Girl: Just work and stuff.
Me: Are we gonna do anything fun?
Girl: Yeah, work and stuff!

7. Me: Alright kids, it’s time to do some worship. What song would you like to sing today?
Boy: Frozen!!
Not sure if that constitutes as worship…

8. A little boy at church: You’re tall like my daddy.
Pretty sure I’m half his dad’s size.

9. I overheard this conversation on the bus one day.
Boy 1: Who’s higher up – a professor or some who has a PhD?
Boy 2: I think it’s the professor, coz he has elbow pads.

10. Me: And what do you think is in the special place that Jesus is preparing for us?
Boy: Legoland?

Um, we broke up?

Today, I’m dealing with two break ups.

Charles Trippy announced via a vlog titled We need to talk that he is “separating” from his wife, Alli. The couple married in November 2011. Charles’ YouTube channel, CTFxC, holds the world record for the most number of consecutive daily vlogs. In the 10-minute video, Charles explains that they have been arguing more than usual over the last couple of months and that it’s “not fair” for either of them to go on this way. Although he didn’t explicitly use the word “divorce”, Charles’ close friend Shay Butler inadvertently confirmed it. Charles also explained that they would continue to be friends and that he intends to keep going with the daily vlogs. Alli has made it very clear via Twitter that the split was in no way due to Charles’ illness (he has brain cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy).

You’d think that at a time like this, the CTFxC army (their fans) would offer support and love. However, there are insensitive, aggressive and just plain annoying people out there who choose to take sides. The whole Team Alli vs Team Charles” thing makes me so sad. They don’t need this right now. For some reason, a small group of “fans” feel the need to place blame – some even accused Alli of infidelity. This is quite possibly the dumbest way to react to the news. I’m shocked and upset, but I love both Charles and Alli and have no intention to unsubscribe. Instead, I offer them my love and support during this tough time. I guess I kinda know what they’re going through…maybe to a lesser extent.

You know how I said I was dealing with two break ups? The second one is much harder for me to write about because it’s my own.

Two weeks ago, the boyfriend and I broke up.

Before I go on, I just have to say that there are zero hard feelings towards him.

Basically, over the past couple of months, things began to unravel. We thought we were happy and we thought we were okay. At the end of it all, we grew up and grew apart. He wasn’t happy and knew that it wasn’t fair on the both of us to keep pretending. We are both going through different seasons in our lives. He’s job hunting and I’m stressed about uni. It just wasn’t working. What hurt the most was the fact that he didn’t feel the same way any more.

I knew there was nothing I could do about it. You can’t make someone love you. Sometimes, loving someone means wanting them to be happy, even if you’re not part of that happiness.

It’s been tough, but I’ve been oddly at peace with it all. I know it was the right thing to do, hence no hard feelings towards him. We both still care about each other deeply. We always had the agreement that, should we break up, we would still remain friends. I care about him too much to completely cut him out of my life. That’s why I refuse to call him my “ex”. He’s not in my past.

I know that God’s using this to teach me and grow me. I’m so excited to see what He’s got in store in this new season of my life. I’ve been building and cultivating friendships, and using this time to do “me” things (like dyeing my hair purple). Keeping positive and living my life as usual has helped so much. It just didn’t make sense for me to cry in my room for 2 weeks and wallow in self-pity. I’d much rather be out there living, which is what I did. Having said that, I do have my bad moments/days, but I keep reminding myself that it’s okay to not be okay.

What I’m struggling with now is how to tell people. We have so many mutual friends, many who have known us for years. Dealing with other people’s expectations has been so difficult. The day it happened, I messaged all my close friends letting them know what happened, but also telling them not to make it a big deal. There are still so many people who don’t know. I almost want to make a video like Charles did and be like “Alright guys, we broke up. It is what it is. We just want your support and love. We’re still good friends so please don’t make a big deal out of it.” I guess I’ll take it one step at a time.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my amazing friends and family who have been my pillars in the past few weeks. You guys are part of the reason I’m taking this so well. Every where I go, I’m surrounded by so much love and concern. Whether it’s been a hug, taking time to have lunch with me and making sure I’m not alone or even just a simple message, you have all helped heaps. I have so much love for all of you.

To my Heavenly Father, I thank you for the 2 years I had with him. Thank you for the things you taught us through what we experienced together. Thank you for the love that we shared because I know that we cannot love without you who first loved us. I ask that you guide us both as we enter this new season and that you give us both the peace and joy that can only be found in you. Amen.

My Grammar Pet Peeves

I spend too much time on social media. I can spend hours trawling through YouTube, Facebook and the likes. Because of this, I see so many errors that really get on my nerves. Sometimes, I think that there needs to be a test where an individual is not allowed on the Internet until they can differentiate between your and you’re. Maybe I’m some sort of nit-picky, annoying person who sits around on her laptop laughing/crying because of the grammatical errors made by others. Or maybe I just fear for the next generation. Either way, here are 5 of my grammar pet peeves that, in my opinion, need to be fixed ASAP.

5. Your vs. You’re
This is basic grammar. Your indicates possession, e.g. Your dog is silly. You’re is the contracted form of you are, e.g. You’re silly. It’s not hard, people! If I see “Your ignorant” somewhere on the Internet, I’m the type of person who replies with “My ignorant what?” I mean, if you want to insult me, at least do it with correct grammar.

4. There/their/they’re
Again, basic grammar. Most commonly, there is used to indicate being in or at a place/position, e.g. We’ve been there. It’s also used as an exclamation, e.g. There, I said it! Their is an indication of possession, e.g. That’s their house. Lastly, they’re is a contraction of they are, e.g. They’re unable to differentiate between your and you’re. Once again, it’s really not that hard, but I see it all the time and it really gets to me.

3. “I could care less.”
So… you do care? I know people use this to mean they don’t care at all, but saying you “could care less” means you actually care to some extent. What they should say is “I couldn’t care less.” This shows that the extent to which you care cannot possibly be any lower.

2. Apostrophes
I could launch into a lengthy explanation about the appropriate use of apostrophes, but I’ll just touch on a one of the mistakes I often see – using apostrophes to indicate plurals. Recently, I saw someone title an album on Facebook “First photo’s”. Putting ‘s on the end of photo does not make it plural. There are exceptions to the rule. However, apostrophes are more commonly used in contractions (e.g. can’t, won’t, it’s) and to indicate possession (e.g. my aunt’s, your brother’s, that bar’s).

1. “should of, would of, could of”
THIS IS NOT A THING. Of all my grammar pet peeves, this takes the cake. I have no idea why this irks me so much. It just really gets on my nerves when I see someone saying they “should of stayed home tonight”. Yeah, maybe you should have. “Should of” does not exist! Neither does “could of” or “would of”! Please stop with this nonsense. It’s should havecould have and would have. Please, please, please get this right.

Having said all this, I would like to point out that I am not perfect and I do make mistakes, especially when I’m tired. I have caught myself making some of the above errors before, and I always feel so ashamed. Anyway, this post wasn’t meant to come across as judgemental or arrogant – I just get really annoyed when I keep seeing these mistakes everywhere.