Today my children had dental check-ups. At the end of these appointments the dentist always makes a balloon for each child out of a latex glove and ties it off with dental floss.
As BH was driving the girls home from my parents house this evening they were playing with thier latex glove balloons. He hears one of the girls say, "Let's make it stick up it's middle finger!" and then they worked together oh so nicely to make this happen. If only we always had such cooperation and togetherness!
Now we are perplexed about where they have learned about this gesture, because I make damn sure the kids are no where in sight when I flip the bird to their dad. I have that much control over my impulses at least.
They tell us that apparently on a recent trip with their Poppie to Walgreens, someone apparently disagreed with Poppie's driving, honked their horn and gave him the finger.
So they had a discussion about what it meant and how it is just as bad to do that as it is to say a bad word, because it is like sign language for a bad word. He then asked what they thought they should do about the choice they made.
#2 wanted to hunt down the man who flipped Poppie the bird and tell him about how it is wrong to do that.
#1 wanted to pop the balloon.
BH decided they just needed to tell me about what happened.
So they did when I got home. I reiterated what had already been said, and added that it was a sign for a really bad word.
AND thus began the questions.
"Is it worse than the SH word? " asks #2.
"Where did you hear about the SH word?" I exclaim in a remarkably calm tone of voice.
"You know...the Shut Up word." answers #2
"Oh....well....ummm...yes it is worse than the SH word." I stammer.
"Is it worse than the A word?" from #1
"Yes it is worse than the A word." says I fighting back the giggles.
"How about the CR or maybe it is KR word?" again from #2.
"Oh you mean crap?" I state.
"OOOOOOOOHHHHHhhhhhhh! You said a bad woooooorrrrddddd Mommy!" Chorus #1 and #2.
"It is time for bed now children." I declare.
Good to see that they are still fairly innocent.
Oh yeah, apparently when they got home they popped the balloon AND cut off it's middle finger too, just for good measure.