The one where she loses her PG-13 rating…

by Jennifer on September 15, 2008

So the other day in the car, 7 year old Girl pipes up with, “I just saw two pigeons in love. They were hurting each other – that’s how you know they’re in love.”

NPR couldn’t top that, so I turn down the radio.

A few thoughts go through my head:

A) It’s time for The Talk about the birds (specifically, pigeons) and the bees, or

B) Girl has just said a mouthful (hello, Relationships In Your Twenties 101), which led me to wonder…

C) If she’s been reading Anna Karenina or maybe watching movies on Lifetime.

I do what any responsible parent would do: I sort my expression into something that resembles disinterest, and ask, “Oh, where did you hear that?

“I read it in a book at school. It said that when they’re crashing into each other, they want to be friends, or they’re in looovvve.”

Now, I’m always happy when public education helps to pick up the slack around here, and I don’t believe in glossing over these things anyway, so I’m honestly relieved to hear that she’s not wasting her library time at school on Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus books.

But crashing into each other? Did the book really say that?

I’ve got to see this, I think.

“Uh, honey, maybe this week you could check out that book and bring it home?” 

Stay tuned for library day.

I came across this video when I was looking for a photo of pigeons for this post. This is where I lose my PG-13 rating (for those of you who popped over here just for that. Yeah, don’t act all innocent.). Be sure to listen to it with the sound on. The narration is hilarious, especially toward the, uh, end.

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manager mom September 15, 2008 at 11:54 am

OK – I have GOT to hear the rest of this story… maybe the Christian Coalition broke into school and replaced all of the library books with sanitized/sexless versions of the original?

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Louise September 15, 2008 at 11:57 am

“Pigeon Porn.” Certainly that phrase must be useful somewhere else.

On pins and needles waiting for library day!

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Csquaredplus3 September 15, 2008 at 11:59 am

Ahhhh! Too much! I don’t think you’ve lost your PG-13 rating though…

Anxiously awaiting “the book”…

dragonfly September 15, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Crashing into each other does seem a bit…odd….

I laughed out loud at “pigeon porn”. Ha!

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Mrs. G. September 15, 2008 at 2:12 pm

It’s good to know that porn music is the same in other languages!

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melissa September 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Pretty funny. I learned a week or so ago on PBS that sharks nearly kill the females while mating. So maybe we’re not that far off here…

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anymommy September 15, 2008 at 2:47 pm

I can’t wait to hear your take on that book!

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Ann September 15, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Scandalous!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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Lisa Milton September 15, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Pigeon love. Can’t wait to hear the details…

Crazycath September 15, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Absolutely …. WEIRD!!!
Hmm. At least you didn’t fall for the sperm thing. I had a 7 year old (years ago this) ask me what sperm was. This is the sign of a mother who has only been a mother for 7 years. Never tackled sex ed before. Or 7 year olds. I explained about sperm, where it is kept and what it is used for and when. But ONLY in a loving relationship I emphasised. Then I thought to ask him why he wanted to know. “This book says this is a sperm whale” he tells me. I have never forgotten that lesson!!

I have a new blog Jennifer – would you come over and have a look? I would love your opinion on a story that is on there (below “Todays Flowers”) and there is other stuff too. Whenever you get time. Thanks.

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Kacey September 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm

I’ve GOT to come back and hear the end of this. LOL.

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we_be_toys September 15, 2008 at 6:27 pm

And now you have pigeons schtupping on your blog? Kin-kay!

I’m dying to know what book has people crashing into each other for love. Was she listening to Dave Matthews’ “Crash”? Should the whole fertility myth of a toilet seat be on the curriculum for the B&B Discuss as well? I love that you have the disinterested thing down – oh, yeah – you’re good!

Anxiously biting a nail (that’s what they’re for, right?)…

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Kimberly September 15, 2008 at 6:44 pm

I’m dying for library day. And giggling about Pigeon Porn.


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Kimberly September 15, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Oh – I left you a little love over on my blog. Come see when you have a minute.

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Jenn @ Juggling Life September 15, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Usually it’s the NPR that shocks the carpool.

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Mrs. Schmitty September 15, 2008 at 8:02 pm

I can’t wait until Thursday!

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david mcmahon September 15, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Give new meaning to the phrase “pigeon pair”.

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Reluctantfarmchik September 16, 2008 at 4:49 am

Aren’t kids great? Too funny, the things they take in and think to comment on. You had great insight to ask for more info before answering the question. . . Much better to breathe deeply, count to 10 (or 20) and ponder where their info is coming from than to head straight into the most obvious (in our minds) response. Most of the time a short answer is all that is necessary till a better time and place. I really enjoyed your thought process – too good.

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Dharmamama September 16, 2008 at 8:36 am

I can’t believe I clicked on that link! I mean – I knew what it was gonna be. I have to laugh at myself. Must.. see… pigeons.. mating….

I loved, “That was IT? That was it?” Unfortunately, something I also said in my last foray into dating. {sigh}

Can’t wait to hear about the book!

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Lisa@verybusymomwith4 September 16, 2008 at 8:49 am

I have been putting off the talk and my husband has been really bugging me on it. She’s in a classical Christian school so there won’t be any sex ed there. I guess I need to discuss everything.
Your story could be on NPR 🙂

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the mama bird diaries September 16, 2008 at 9:40 am

I can not wait for you to check out that book.

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maggie, dammit September 16, 2008 at 5:09 pm

“That was it? Are you serious?…….. Are you serious?”

Utter disbelief in her voice. THAT WAS HYSTERICAL.

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apathy lounge September 16, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Yes, how well I remember my then-kindergartener coming home and telling me that the way a chicken gets pregnant enough to lay an egg was by standing really close to another chicken. I’m sure it wasn’t that easy. And I’m sure she meant that the other chicken was a rooster.

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Tootsie Farklepants September 16, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Good thing I didn’t blink!

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flutter September 16, 2008 at 9:59 pm

LOL I can totally see her saying that, but what I am SHOCKED is that Boy didn’t re-enact with Bionicles. Just sayin’.

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Hatchet September 17, 2008 at 8:52 am

That video was bizarre. The couple filming it were far too excited over a little bird on bird action. Clearly, they don’t get out often enough.

Also, why is it that when the kids say something truly interesting, we have to act nonchalant so that we don’t scare them off with our intense focus and pointed questioning? I have to rein in my laser like focus on those same occasions and I don’t have a very good poker face, so I often can’t be facing Caitlin when I want to ask the most penetrating questions.

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Gwen September 17, 2008 at 1:05 pm

You’re going to find yourself with a lot of breathlessly excited readers on Library day.

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Manic Mommy September 18, 2008 at 5:47 am

First time in history the foreplay was longer than the acutal act!

I just want to know what words you used in your Google search to find this.

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Madge September 18, 2008 at 6:41 am

that was it? are you serious?

they stole my line…..

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leendaluu September 18, 2008 at 7:30 am

That was priceless…especially the line. ‘He’s just like me…”

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The Laundress September 18, 2008 at 9:57 am


Your blog came up when I googled “How babies are made”…Thank you. I think.


It’s so funny I can’t take it. I’m looking for a way to explain this crap to my almost 5 year old and I’m not getting any help.

I liked the guys comment, “he’s just like me”…ha. I’m dying here.

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Shelley September 22, 2008 at 10:30 am

I can’t believe I just watched that… 😉

JCK September 22, 2008 at 11:03 am

Too funny. I’m waiting for the “sequel” on what book it is that Girl read at school.

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