Kids Say the Darndest Things


I cherish the memory of an incident that took place many years ago when I was the exhausted young mother of a challenging three-year-old girl and her lively redheaded infant brother.

On this particularly chaotic day, I reached breaking point. Loudly asserting my need for “just a little peace and quiet,” I popped the baby into his crib and marched sassy Sarah to her room for quiet time before collapsing on the couch with a magazine and cup of tea.

A few minutes later Sarah crept out of her room, cradling in her hands her most precious treasure: a tiny gilded cardboard gift box. Tiptoeing up to me, she proffered this peace offering.

I opened it to find…nothing. Just an empty box.

“What’s this?” I asked.

Smiling softly, she whispered “It’s a piece of quiet.”

– Jacqui Graham

Sue Fast
Sue Fast
Sue Fast is the editor of Island Parent, Grand and ’Tweens & Teens magazines. Her writing has also appeared in Canadian Living and Vancouver magazines, the Georgia Straight and Monday Magazine.

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