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We should all be as honest as children

April E. Clark

I’m feeling a little like Art Linkletter during “Kids Say the Darndest Things” lately.

For the past several days, my old friends Aaron and Kelley and their kids, 8-year-old McCrae and 5-year-old Ashley, have been staying at our house. The kids have been enjoying skiing at Sunlight, swimming at the Hot Springs Pool and making me giggle with their keen observations on life.

Oh to see the world again through the eyes of a 5- or 8-year old.

No bills. No worries about my waistline. And best of all, no fear.

The great thing about kids is they can learn to ski or snowboard without thoughts of ACL surgeries and bruised ribs dancing through their heads. All they need to know is how to snow plow and they’re off like Speed Racer, laughing all the way.

“I’ve got a need for speed,” McCrae said as we rode the Primo ski lift up to the top of Sunlight Mountain. “Like ‘The Fast and the Furious’ style.”

I’m certainly no Vin Diesel.

And as much as I call myself a skier, the wipeout I endured after hitting a patch of powder and getting a little unplanned air was a reminder I’m definitely not as resilient as an 8-year-old. Luckily Aaron was the only one to see it.

Unfortunately he really finds humor in it.

Aaron and his family ” especially his brothers ” are known for their quick wit. So it’s no surprise. McCrae and Ashley seem to always be smiling and cracking up over silly scenarios. Ashley really finds humor in the little round balls the Wii bowlers have for hands. It is very unlikely one could throw a bowling ball with balls of their own as hands. McCrae wondered why anyone would name a place No Name.

“Are you April Clark from No Name, Colorado?” he mused.

He thought that one was pretty comical.

Once, when we stopped for a break, Ashley and I took a seat by my friends Kevin and Susie. After a little warming up, Ashley pulled a “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

“One time when my friend James and I were in school we were laughing so hard it made his eyes sweat,” she said.

That has to be one of the cutest things I’ve ever heard.

Or was it Ashley walking through Target after a much-needed lip balm run for her dad? She’s just walking along, being as carefree and polite as you expect a little lady from the South ” no matter where we went, these kids did not beg for their parents to buy them stuff or throw big fits. Then she starts singing a very interesting version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“Oh say can you see,” she crooned. “I don’t remember the next part … .”

All in tune mind you. Hey, at least the girl’s honest.

She also gave me a little dose of reality on the situation going on in the interior of my car.

“Miss April, Your car is junky,” she said, peeking inside, giggling.

“Ashley that’s not very nice!” Kelly intervened.

“That’s OK,” I said. “She’s right. She speaks the truth.”

Maybe we all need to be honest as 5-year-olds.

That could be a rather comical premise to a TV show. Take “Kids Say the Darndest Things” and mix it with TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” Voilà! Brutally honest, sidesplitting fashion advice.

And I thought WNTW’s Stacy and Clinton were harsh.

Imagine a couple of kids letting loose on a 50-year-old Cougar who likes to wear acid-wash denim minis and circa-1988 hot pink stilettos. Or let them unload their thoughts on the guy who wears short-sleeved shirts and ties with polyester pants and white socks to a job interview.

“You look like Goofy!” the kids would say.

No more white elephant in Spandex in the room.

I can see Art Linkletter smiling right now.

April E. Clark is going to miss the sound of kiddos in her house. She can be reached at aclark@postindependent.com.


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