Thoroughly Modern Mimis | Grandkids Say the Darndest Things


Welcome back to Thoroughly Modern Mimis! Mimi, Grammy, Nana, GiGi, Oma, Grandma . . . they’re all terms of endearment for one of the most important roles in life’s second act: grandparenting. And what a grand act it is!

I asked on Facebook, “What’s the funniest thing your grandkid has said or done?” and you shared hilarious stories! Below are a some stories that will make your heart smile! Share your favorite grandkid moment in the comment section for the chance to win a copy of Amish Values for Your Family!


Last year, I went to Grandparent’s Day with my granddaughter, who was in Kindergarten at the time. I’d been staying with my daughter and son-in-law for awhile, and I suffer horribly from hot flashes. So, we go in, and she takes me to this table where several of her little friends were sitting with their grandparents. She says “this is my grandma . . . she sweats . . . A LOT”!! Oh my gosh, I just wanted to crawl under the table! —Sue Lehman

My 5-year-old granddaughter was telling the story of Adam and Eve to my husband when she looked at him and said, “Grandpa, did God take one of your bones to make Grandma?” haha! Children just say the sweetest things! —Colleen Rowley McCauley

When kids and grandkids were here for Thanksgiving, my son-in-law and 3-year-old grandson were looking at family pictures in the hall. When they got to the last one—wedding pic of my husband and me—SIL told grandson that was Nana and Papa Don. Grandson said, “Wow! They look new!” —Pam Wright Burke

My Nephew was 4 years old and saw a news segment about what to get the Queen of England for her birthday, since she has everything. He piped up and said, “I know what she needs, a gift card to Walmart. Bet she don’t got one of those.” We all laughed, because he was right. —Debbie Schultz McLaren


My 2-year-old granddaughter has been getting in trouble lately for saying “Shut your mouth” . . . she and her dad had been playing and he told her it was time to get ready for bed. He goes out of room and yells for her to come on . . . eventually he goes back to get her after no response from his frequent request . . . he finds her still playing. He said “Sydnii, let’s go,” to which she replied with much thought “Shut your . . . mustache.” She still got in trouble. —Sonja Tingle Goins

My 2-year-old granddaughter, after being very quiet in the kitchen, walks into the living room and says “I ate dog food!” —Susan Parker Ljunggren

My aunt took her 2-year-old granddaughter to church with her. Her granddaughter was tired and wanted to go home, so she stood up in the pew and said very loudly, “Say AMEN preacher!” She knew after he said amen on the final prayer she could go home! —Donna Butler Harmon


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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Sandra Beck says:

    Granma you can hide in the closet and stay here all the time and no one will know…Live with me.

  2. Deanna S says:

    When we were canning tomatoes.. the little one asked what you doing? Grandma replied, canning tomatoes.. He said, looks like you are jarring them to me!

  3. Sylvia J Smith says:

    My granddaughter and her family live 1500 miles from us. We see them once a year. When Kambrie was about 9 months old I sent her a lamb that had a recordable song Jesus Loves Me and I sang along. When we saw her when she was 2 she was rather bashful and kept hiding behind her Dad. We just sat on the couch talking to her. Then I sang Jesus Loves Me. Her eyes got as big as saucers and she ran over and snuggled right up to us.

  4. Juanita Wickey says:

    I guess I missed your request on Facebook. I am not on there all day, just every now and then.
    I have a story to add. My grandson, age 4 1/2, his sister and mom were staying with me. My grandson knew I had diabetes. I had a lighthouse cookie jar that makes the lighthouse sound every time you go for a cookie. He was down the hall, and I was near the cookie jar, I took one and he come running out and saying “grandma, you can’t have a cookie.” I said once in a blue moon I can. He ran to the bay window and looked out, and came back saying “grandma the moon is not blue.” I have never forgotten that. He is 21 now.

  5. Juanita Wickey says:

    I want to say I so enjoyed all the stories of other grandchildren. Will be saving it.

  6. Connie Roberts says:

    My grandson, who is almost 3, has a hard time staying in the pew at church sometimes. My husband pastors where we go to church & one Sunday while he was preaching my grandson started to wander out to the aisle. I got up to get him & when I picked him up he yelled, “Help! Help!”. Never a dull service at our church!

  7. Kim Hampton says:

    I don’t have any grandkids, but when I was little, I remember running away from home to my Granny’s house (she lived just up the road from us) and she “hid” me in her closet and told my parents she didn’t know where I was. Looking back, I’m sure she was pointing at the closet the whole time to let them know I was OK! When they left, she fixed me some coffee (mostly milk and sugar) and listened to my tale of heartbreak. She finally convinced me to go back home.