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And Then I Told Them Don’t Ever Use That One in School

So you know that little year of awesome I’m trying to chase down? This whole getting back to basics so I can be a better person/mom/citizen? Let me just give you a quick update, based on a conversation I overheard between Saoirse and Quinlan.  The scene: We’d just gotten home from school, and we’re sitting at the kitchen table. I was helping the girls sort their homework and Saoirse was talking about a recent dance-a-thon her school held as a fundraiser for cancer research.  In passing, Saoirse mentioned that she didn’t know some of the songs played during the thon: “We didn’t get to pick any of the songs, because I think they let fifth graders got to do that.” There was a pause. “They had bad words in those songs,” she said.  “What?” I said, taken aback. “They did?” And before I could stop myself, “what words?”  Saoirse looked at me sideways and smirked. “I heard the s word!” Quinlan perked up at this. “What’s the s word?” &#8220…

Well, Excuse Me

Saoirse was trying to hang a picture on the fridge when the magnet fell to the floor, taking her drawing of a ghost-dolphin-unicorn with it. “What the HECK?!” Saoirse asked the question with more emphasis than really necessary for a 5-year-old, and was looking at me to gauge my reaction to the new word coming out of her mouth. I didn’t say anything. I just looked at her. I could feel my eyebrows reaching so far up they were probably in my ponytail. It could be worse, of course, the word. At least it was just “heck,” and not something else Dave or I might have muttered when say, a certain 3-year-old lobbed a glass into the kitchen sink like a free throw (always getting the extra point, by the way. The kid has aim). But still. We don’t do that stuff around here, not for the five-and-under crowd. And she surprised me, so I just looked at her. “What?” she said. She had this look on her face that was an expression I expected to see in ten years, not now…