“Are we having fun yet?” A quest and possible origins.

“Are we having fun yet?” Did you ever have a quote in childhood that you only wish your parents had the foresight to capitalize on?

The time and place:  It was in the early 1980’s and we were in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma at the annual “Rooster Day Parade.” I can’t remember if my elder sister was in the band or cheer-leading squad at the time. She was usually in the parade. I was quite young and loved parades. Rooster Day was a fun day.

Can you relate to the feeling of arriving at a party too early and the combination of boredom, anticipation, and excitement for the time when things get lively? That is very similar to the earliest parts of the parade (at least to a young child).

I vaguely remember whining to my parents about being bored. My parents explained that it was just warming up. It was still the boring part and would soon get fun. It slowly but surely did just that. At one point, I realized how much fun I was having and that I was no longer waiting. I looked up at my parents. Then, out came the words, “Are we having fun yet?”

My parents weren’t the only ones who heard this (despite the merriment and noise from the parade). Many people started laughing. I realized that I had said something funny and cute.

Within a few months, this quote appeared on all kinds of novelty products. It was on bookmarks, cute posters with kittens, and I can’t remember where else. I must have been more of a capitalist/entrepreneur as a child than I am now, because I asked my parents if they had been the ones that orchestrated this (probably in a different vocabulary). When I was told that the answer was no, I felt so possessive of “my words” and dismayed. I also wanted one of the  kitten posters.

I can only think of two things that may have happened. One is that someone else heard those words and actually capitalized on them. This could have also occurred by a grapevine kind of process where someone eventually did just that.

The other possibility is that another person had the same thought around the same time. It could have been an adult but my guess is that it was probably another child that coined this phrase. So, in the very unlikely event that this reaches that person, I have questions. What was going on when these words came out of your mouth? It had to be a situation where there was some anticipation of fun times ahead. It also has to be an entertaining story (at least to me).

I wonder if anyone else has had a similar experience or what other phrases have been coined by “the mouths of babes”.


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