Menifee Kids Say the Darndest Things

Give children a pencil, turn them loose with their thoughts, and you're never really sure what you'll get. We knew that going in. ...

Give children a pencil, turn them loose with their thoughts, and you're never really sure what you'll get.

We knew that going in. When the staff of Menifee 24/7 asked for entries in our writing contest, co-sponsored with Arts Council Menifee, we were ready for anything. When one asks children from kindergarten age through eighth grade to write what they like about Menifee, one is bound to get a mixture of youthful insight and unintentional humor.

We got some great entries. Tomorrow at the Menifee City Council meeting, four of those students will honored for outstanding essays or poems:

Abbey D. Chea, K-2 grades age group
Jonathan Hoefler, grades 3-5 age group
Daniel Diaz, grades 6-8 age group
Jemena Nesbitt, special recognition

Congratulations to the honorees. You will see portions of those winning efforts posted here soon. But we can't let this moment go by without sharing excerpts from other entries that made us proud and gave us a chuckle. We like to call them "Menifee kids say the darndest things." Spelling and grammar are printed as they appeared in the original submissions:

Kyle L., grade 2:
Another favorite restraunt of mine is Red Robin.I love their kids cheese pizza and freckled lemonade. You can never forget to order their french fries with ranch dressing.

Ian G., grade 2:
I think that Menifee is really clean except some places in the desert are full of trash.

Austin M., Grade 1:
There is a lake by my house which my family walks around pretty much every day. When you walk by sometimes you can see turtles and you see all of the ducks swimming in the water. It's a nice view of nature.

Vincent M., Grade 2:
Is it true the sky is always blue here in Menifee? The schools are cool and that's a fact, here in Menifee.

David V., Grade 3:
Summer activities are fun to me. I like running in the sprinklers. And I like going in the pool! You can play basketball in Menifee when it is summer time. You just have to get a lot of water.

Roxana H., Grade 3:
What I like about Menifee is having outside adventures. I pretend I'm at the wilderness with my cousin. We use walkie-talk with each other. Good thing we have schools and teachers. If we didn't have teachers, we would be crazy. Well I ment we would not know anything in are brains.

Diana S., Grade 3:
My favorite store is Stater Brothers. I like Stater Brothers because my mom has a card to get a free cookie. One time I had to share my cookie with my aunt.

Aubrey C., Grade 3:
I also love Menifee because you can go outside and have an adventure. I love adventures. My favorite adventure was when I was an evil frog. It's also fun to have an adventure inside. My favorite inside adventure was when I swung on a vine in the forest.

Daisy P., Grade 3:
I love Menifee because it's a peaceful city to live in. On rainy days, I draw pictures and right after the rain I go outside and eat some chocolate.

Maya L., Grade 3:
To begin with, I like the weather here. In winter it's not to cold, and in summer, well, it's hot. Yeah. Let's just say that.

Adaman S., Grade 3:
Sometimes it rains and I like to build forts and eat soup and sometimes it's 100 degrees outside and I like to go swimming. Menifee is a safe place to live and it is close to Old town temecqual.

Jimmy R., Grade 3:
My final reason I like Menifee is because it's always peaceful and never noisy. I don't like noise because I can loose my hearing and can't concentrate on anything and this city is not like that. That's why I like Menifee.

Santa Fe K., Grade 2:
I think Menifee is a supercalifragilisticawesomealidocious city. First of all, I like a place my dad calls "The Menifee Forest." I like it when he takes me there. We climb on rocks, sit on rocks by streams, watch lizards, and things like that. One time, my dad and I were sitting on a rock by a stream, and a hummingbird po