Thursday, April 14, 2011

We Couldn't Be More Proud

The other morning, Little Miss was trying to work the remote control. She was unsuccessful. So, she handed it to me and said, "Screw it! I'm going to go play. Excuse me." Mouth open, I asked her to return to me and repeat what she just said. She looked at me wide-eyed and said, "Excuse me." I said, "Before that." At this point, she thinks she's in trouble so the eyes start welling up and the mouth starts to quiver. So, I assure her that she's not in trouble. It is her first offense. She already knows I'm not happy so I was feeling a bit lenient. She whispers "Screw it." I asked where she heard that phrase before and she said "I don't know" which is her common answer to confrontation. So, I followed up and asked if she heard the phrase from Mommy or Daddy just to cover all bases. She said no. I said that it is not a phrase for little girls to say and asked if she understood. She nodded.

Later that night, I asked her again if she was supposed to say those words and she said "NO, never". Then, I asked where she heard the words again. Sometimes, if she's in trouble or thinks she is, she'll clam up and it takes some time to get the real answer from her. So, she looks at me and says "Nanny!" Now this is definitely not true. My mother rarely curses and, if she does, it has never been that phrase. So, I tell her that I don't think that's the truth and realize that our moment of truth has passed. Then, I immediately call my mother to let her know that she is a bad influence on my child.

Note: all laughing has been done away from Little Miss so she is not encouraged because next time she will know better and will get punished.  Privately, I am pleased she used the phrase in the correct context. 


SG to SP said...

I saw this on FB and it still makes me laugh. Wish you had gotten this on video.