Tree, meet apple

by Jennifer on February 28, 2008

flower-upright-2.jpgEvery now and then, I get a glimpse into the results of my mothering skills. A 6- or 9-year-old mirror that reflects my efforts. Or failures.

So. It seems my daughter has picked up my propensity for colorful language.

Tonight, just before dinner, the Girl asked, “Can I eat my dinner in your room so I can watch TV?”

“No, honey,” I answered. “You need to eat at the kitchen table.”

Then, quietly and to herself, she said it.

The F word.

And I heard it. Though her back was to me and she said it under her breath, it rang out loud and clear, plain as day. When you hear it, you know it.


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the mama bird diaries February 28, 2008 at 10:00 pm

HA. That was funny. I like it.

Kellan February 28, 2008 at 10:16 pm

How cute – fiddlesticks! I didn’t see that coming – HA!

Have a good Friday Jennifer – see you later. Kellan

we_be_toys February 28, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Funny! I guess you look pretty good in that mirror!!

JCK February 29, 2008 at 12:05 am

Very funny!

I better start working on that one. My sailor mouth usually doesn’t yell anything at all resembling musical instruments.

Jennifer February 29, 2008 at 12:28 am

But please keep in mind that I had to pay an undisclosed amount last month in bad word fees.

This was just a small, happy victory. (Not to be overshadowed by the Girl’s “dumbass” phase when she was 5.)

dragonfly February 29, 2008 at 2:39 am


There are much worse words she could learn. 🙂 My son will likely learn things like “dag-nabbit” from me…. (and I hope he learns none of the words my husband uses. An Army man to the core…*sigh*)

Ducky February 29, 2008 at 4:27 am

She’s such a cutie!

Emily February 29, 2008 at 4:46 am

Just goes to show what kind of a mother YOU are 🙂

Slow Panic February 29, 2008 at 5:51 am

but you know J actually said the real “F” word — that was just great!

Brenda February 29, 2008 at 6:00 am

But in my house, I would have to wonder where she learned the word “Fiddlesticks.” At school? To me it would be a mystery. Did she actually learn it from you? If that were one of my daughters, I would say, “Where did you learn that word?” They would definitely this time NOT say, “From you!” (Of course when it’s an……….. ummmmmm………. more COLORFUL word, they DO say, “From you!”)

Meg February 29, 2008 at 9:46 am

Awwh, yes, I remember this stage well….I was so shocked when my daughter first said her first bad word…couldn’t imagine where in the world she heard someone say that particular word….tiptoeing away now….have a great weekend!

Julie Pippert February 29, 2008 at 10:01 am

LOL I love it! Fiddlesticks!

Tootsie Farklepants February 29, 2008 at 11:08 am

Has your daughter been hanging out with Scarlett O’Hara?

Melissa February 29, 2008 at 11:21 am

Oh for pete’s sake! Too cute:)

Mary February 29, 2008 at 11:58 am

See how all that self-control pays off?

flutter February 29, 2008 at 12:17 pm

That’s really cute, I am sure my future kid will not be so sweet mouthed

Betsy Bird February 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm

That’s adorable! For the life of me I cannot teach my 17-year-old that the F-bomb, while perhaps appropriate when one is in the midst of a bunch of teenage guys, is NOT a word you say in front of your mother. Even if your mother has been known to let it slip…

HRH February 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm

shocking…utterly shocking (and very funny).

cce February 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Whatttt? I must be a very bad mother because the bad words my kids tend to utter are definitely of a richer, more sinister variety. Good for you though!

Mrs. G. February 29, 2008 at 4:16 pm

You got me! Thanks for the laugh.

Jennifer February 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Again, I’d like to call everyone’s attention to last year’s dumbass phase. I am in no way at all patting myself on the back. Just happy that for once, I didn’t hear an echo!

Angela February 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Well, that was very sly that little piece of writing. Nifty!

AMomTwoBoys February 29, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Oh…remember “The Charmings” Great show. Fiddlesticks. I WISH that was something Dylan would say. Instead of Fudk. Or Oh Sit. Sigh…

marlee February 29, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Ha ha! Snacks busted out with, “Frickin’ cart!” the other day. Ooops!!

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