live juicy. get pithy with it.
“There are words I shouldn’t say around you and dad,” my almost six year old daughter, Matilda, said to me tonight.
Me, worried: “Umm.. like what?”
Matilda: “Like stupid.”
Me, relieved: “Well, that’s not a kind word to say, but it’s not a bad word.”
Matilda: “And ringhole.”
Me, shocked: “Where did you hear that?!”
Matilda: “I don’t know. Ringhole.”
Me, the good mother: “Now darling, I don’t want you saying that again. It’s a yucky word that we don’t use. It’s a bad way of saying bottom.”
Matilda, indignantly shocked: “What? No!”
Me: “Yes darling.”
Matilda, confused: “But my barbie doll has one.”
Me: “Well, she probably does, but we call it a bottom.”
Matilda, as though to a child: “No!! The hole in her hand where her ring goes… her ring hole!”
Oh… yes of course. That’s what I thought you meant…