The other day, the boys were getting on Sadie's last nerve. She had had all she could take of their antics. She said, "These boys are...are...grrr...they make me want to say the 'D' word!"
I was a little bit appauled! (And a little worried that maybe she's overheard me on a tirade when I let my frustrations out on the dog! I always figure if the dog doesn't understand 'sit' then she sure isn't going to understand if I throw an 'h' in there sometimes.) So I asked Sadie what she meant and was so happy to learn that her dreaded 'D' word was actually the word "dumb". She just wanted to say that her brothers were being dumb! *Big Sigh of Relief!*
But it got me to remembering about a time when I was in the 3rd grade. My mom was a teaching assistant for a kindergarten class. There was one really bad kid in her class named Zachary. One day in class, Zachary called someone a mother fu..(you get the gist). I remember my mom coming to pick me up from my grandmother's that afternoon and telling my grandmother that this little kid had said "M.F."
This M.F. baffled me. I asked my mom what it meant. She said something like, "Well, you know the 'F' word, right?" The only forbidden 'F' word I knew was "Fart". And in my mind that was a really bad one since we weren't allowed to say it in our house.
I shook my head that I certainly knew what the 'F' word was. I told my mom that I didn't understand what the M. was for, though. She explained to me that sometimes people put the word 'mother' in front of the f-word. I didn't get it. I could not for the life of me figure out why you would call someone a "Mother Fart." But for years when I would get really good and mad, I would call people a "Mother Fart" in my head. In the 5th grade I got made fun of a lot because I was a big nerd and I hurled my mother fart thoughts at lots of kids. I am quite grateful now that I never said it out loud. I would have just given them more ammunition!
For now, I am just going to count my blessings that "dumb", "stupid", and "shut-up" are the worst words my kids know. Wonder how long I can keep them that innocent...