Sunday, April 18, 2010

Out of the Archives - Bad Word

I found this old post and this photo from 2006.


My son, Dane, came home from kindergarten and told me his classmate Nadia got in trouble at school. She’d said the "S-H-" word.

Nadia's from Romania and she’s a little older than her classmates. She’s also a bit rough-and-tumble, but harmless enough. I asked him what kind of trouble she got in and he said she had to run a lap.

Aubrey, my younger child, yelled from the other room, "What's the S-H- word?"

I sighed and leaned forward on my chair, trying to come up with some quick teaching points as Aubrey made her way to the room.

I knew full well they’d heard me say it before, but when Aubrey showed up, I started out carefully: "Well… it's a word people say that shows their frustration -- only it's just adults who use it, and they try not to use it very often. And,” I said, looking at each of them deliberately, “kids aren’t supposed to use it at all."

Pause. Calm response. "It's SHIT."

"Shit?" Dane asked. "She said SHUT UP. . ."


Jennie Englund said...

I've done the SAME thing!

Only over the years, the "S" word has evolved from "stupid" to "shut up" to "sex" to the "S-H word."

KUrlie said...

Look at Dane's little baby face!!! I miss that baby face.

anjie said...

And then they spent the rest of the afternoon saying "Shit? Shit?" with as many different inflections as possible - because I couldn't quit laughing about it and they knew they had a free pass for the day.

Amy M said...

Oh that is an awesome story! Love it!

Michael said...

WOW! How time flies. Chuckled when you first posted this and just now had more giggles, again.
Thanks for the double- share.

Shanana said...

Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!! That is hilarious! Wayne once got spanked for saying the F word, and THEN his Dad asked what that was. Turned out it was Fart.

Anonymous said...

Yup! We do jump to conclusions, huh?
Was definitely a "tickler", once again.