It’s been a heavy week and it isn’t over yet. If you’ve been glued to the news, you are probably feeling the stress most Americans are feeling right now. No matter which candidate you prefer, we don’t have a winner yet, so we are all living in limbo and uncertainty.
According to a recent survey done by the American Psychological Association, 68% of adults in the U.S. say the election has been a serious source of anxiety in their lives.
The truth is, stress and worry won’t change anything at this point. You’ve voted. You’ve done what you can do. Now, we must wait, and while you do, I thought I’d share something on the lighter side.
I’ve been a pediatrician for more than 35 years. My husband and I have co-owned a pediatric practice for much of that time. You can bet I’ve heard and seen it all. One of the best parts of my job is the funny things my young patients say. Kids are unfiltered—something I love about them. They’re curious, and they’re often more aware of what’s going on than we think.
Every once in a while, a child comes into my office and says something that makes me laugh out loud. I’ve tried to record some of these so I can go back and look at them when life feels heavy. Since life is a little heavy right now, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. Here are some of the funniest (and most interesting) things my young patients have said to me over the years.
I LOVE hugging my grandmother because she’s so squishy!
Dr. Meeker, I love your shoes, can I try them on? (Age 6)
Dr. Meeker, I love it when you listen to my back. Can you give me a back rub? (Age 7)
Dr. Meeker, the other night an angel appeared in the door to my bedroom. What should I say to it if it comes back? (Age 8)
Dr. Meeker, I think your teeth look funny. Are you going to get them fixed? (Age 6)
Dr. Meeker, why do you make my mother give me that ‘Tyreneel’ when I’m sick? I think that’s mean. (Age 6)
They really do say the darndest things. And they make my day.
Parents, this weekend, I urge you to take a break from the news every now and then. Get down on the floor and play with your kids. Go for a walk or have a picnic. Don’t let the stress of the election blind you to what’s happening right around you. Let your kids’ curiosity, playfulness, and imagination lift your spirits in the same way my patients have doing for me for over 35 years.