When I was newly engaged and was waiting for my engagement ring to be ready (it was behind schedule and I was heading home in a few short days to take engagement pictures), CandyMan broke the news to me that the ring would not be ready for our pictures and our trip. I was steaming. So steaming mad, in fact, that I shouted, “I’m pissed!”
That long ago profession of anger is just about as bad as it gets coming out of my mouth. CandyMan’s eyes widened and he started chuckling. He quickly confessed that he did, in fact, have my ring hidden in his jacket…along with a tape recorder to record the “official” proposal (because the first one hadn’t gone all that well). I didn’t enjoy the joke. And I didn’t enjoy having to listen to myself saying “I’m pissed!” over and over on tape. Or knowing that he was letting his roommates (and, later, my parents) hear the proposal.
So all I could do the other day was chuckle when I heard my sons having this conversation over legos and playmobil:
Twizzler: “I don’t know why there are cuss words. I mean, it’s so pathetic!”
I promptly tweeted his declaration, and then heard this…
AJ: “Is the f-word fart?”
A very amusing conversation ensued between my boys and a friend who was over, and I was in the perfect place to hear (and tweet) every word.
Twizzler: “Well, fart isn’t really the f-word. The other one is way worse!”
AJ: “Well, I think the f-word is fart.” Fart also happens to be his favorite word to spell when we play bananagrams. He thinks is it endlessly funny.
Twizzler: “Then the P-word is Pee and the T-word is Toot.”
AJ: “And the S-word is shut up!”
Twizzler: “And stupid!”
They continued making up substitute cuss words. Dumb, Idiot, Burp, Poop. And I couldn’t help but appreciate the innocence of little boys.
I’m going to let them keep thinking that the F-word is Fart. Who knows….Maybe I’ll start using it, too. As @ItsyBitsyKC put it yesterday, “Still can’t stop chuckling about the f word. I think I’ll use fart as my f word now. i.e. What the fart! I am farting mad!”
At least it’s good for a chuckle.
I know this is a touchy topic for many people. I personally hate to swear, and can’t stand hearing it from my family. But that’s just me. How do you feel about swearing…. and about your kids using colorful language?
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