And a Little Child Shall Encourage Her

And a Little Child Shall Encourage Her

At the risk of putting our parenting in a questionable light, I have to tell you this story. I guess the moral of this story is – not everything you hear on Disney is “safe for the whole family.”

Scene: The Cottrell family in their white minivan, driving to church on Sunday morning.

Silence. Silence. Silence. Then…

Levi (5-year-old): Mom, you are so FREAKING HOT!

(Shocked adults in front with muffled laughter, pulling it together…a couple more seconds of silence, then…)

Angela: Um, thank you, Levi.

Levi: No, I’m SERIOUS. You’re hot.


  1. Melinda on June 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you for that much-needed moment of comic relief!

  2. Alicia on June 2, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    HE won’t even want to know he said that one day!

  3. ocean mommy on June 2, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    We are cracking up here…at least he didn’t say it to his Sunday School teacher!

  4. Dionna on June 2, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Oh that is great! I am so glad you were able to get that down to read in years to come. He will probably just die when he’s in his 20’s that he ever said that. HA HA

  5. SnappyCasualGifts on June 2, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    That is way too funny. How did you not wreck from laughter?

  6. Cindy on June 2, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    I had a similar experience several years ago with my two girls one evening driving home from the fire department where my husband works. They were in the very back of our minivan and they were acting out a scene from a Scooby-Doo movie, not the cartoon. I won’t repeat the line that I heard come from my daughter’s mouth who was about 5 or 6 at the time. It was just one of those lines that goes totally over the heads of kids at movies, thank goodness. But I actually had to pull over because I was laughing so hard I couldn’t see for the tears. I still get a chuckle today when I think of it.

    I’m not supposed to tell you this…but my daughter Rebekah has just a tiny crush on your son Jack.

    Thanks for the laugh, it’s been a loonnnggg Monday!

    Cindy in Weaverville

  7. Tiffani Long on June 2, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    too funny…one comment”er” said that at least he didn’t tell the Sunday School teacher. Our 7 year old son, Connor, recounted the story (his dad’s side of the story, that is, of how we met 17 years ago) to his sunday school teacher that “before my Dad knew it, my mom pulled him behind the church and kissed him”…not EXACTLY how it happened…:) Not sure it did as much for my ego as Levi’s comment did for Angela…i love your blog! You are such a real family!! Blessings,

  8. The Olson's: on June 2, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Yikes! Kids pick up on everything! I’ve had such occassions happen with my son as well! It’s great knowing that other people have “normal” lives too!
    ~ Leanne from Canada

  9. Patty on June 2, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    That is so funny!! Thanks for the laugh. :o)

  10. Daniel Semsen on June 2, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    HAHAHHA! Yes! I love it! That’s hilarious.

  11. Amanda on June 2, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    That is one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard!

  12. 3girlsmom on June 2, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Ahhhhh HA HA HA HA HA HA! That seriously cracks me up.

    I have a friend who is writing a book about things you never thought you’d hear or say. Like the other day he told his son to get his feet out of the popcorn. I mean seriously, when else would that sentence come out of your mouth?

    Levi’s comment would sooo make the book.


  13. Fran on June 3, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Well, thank you Lord that it was to his momma and not someone else!

  14. Anonymous on June 3, 2008 at 6:55 am

    I love 5 year old boys.

  15. RR Mama on June 3, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Aren’t boy just wonderful!

  16. bahead(mimi24) on June 3, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Five year old boys are marvelous creatures and they soooo love their mamas. Isn’t it great that he thinks his own mama is the hottest thing around. I love it!!!!

  17. Susan B. on June 3, 2008 at 8:12 am

    What a hoot!

  18. Kelli on June 3, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Oh my word! That is hilarious!! 🙂

  19. Anna on June 3, 2008 at 10:30 am

    lol!! that is one of the cutest things I’ve ever heard!

  20. Heather on June 3, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    OK….almost spit out my coffee with that one! Absolutely HYSTERICAL! How did you not just LOSE it? Oh my goodness. Still laughing here! Especially the: ‘I’m SERIOUS’ part!

  21. Holly on June 3, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Wheezing laughter from Colorado!!

    Need more oxygen… hee hee haa haa!

  22. connorcolesmom on June 3, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    When I first read it I thought it said “MAN, are you freaking hot!” – (like it is hot in here -hehe)

    Then I read it again – it was so much better the 2nd time – LOL

    little boys are awesome!!

    LOVE IT!
    Thanks for sharing

  23. Anonymous on June 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    My two year old’s most recent “too much TV” comment–

    Me: Noah, come here right now and pick up this mess!

    Noah: Yeh-, Mi– Hannigan! (from “Annie”, just said without the letter “s”)

    Me: What did you say, son?

    Noah (with fists drawn, ready to punch): Wanna make humfing (something) of it? (Again, from Annie when she is running off the boys who tortured her dog Sandy.)

    Me: NOAH!

    Noah (with puckered lips): kihee, kihee, kihee (kissie, kissie, kissie)…kill, kill!

    Me: (laughing…I no longer have words)

    Noah: my wittle pig dwoppings!

    Me: Noah, that was funny, but you aren’t obeying Mommy, and you aren’t speaking with respect.

    Noah: dumb dog!

  24. Darlene R. on June 4, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    That is so funny!
    You gotta be careful with that Disney!

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