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Well, Darn!

So we're riding in the car on the way to daycare the other day, and my five year old (remember she has teen-to-adult siblings) asks:
- Mummy, why I can't say "Damn!"?
This is ground we have covered before, but here we go again:
- Because "Damn" is a strong word.  Too strong for kids.  You can say "Darn!"
- But when I'm grown up I can say "Damn!"?
- Yes, you can.  But I hope you will be too polite to say it.  There are lots of more clever and original ways to say the same thing that will show off how creative and quick your mind is.
Her reply is robed in the magisterial dignity that children assume only in the presence of Monumentally Stupid grownups, who clearly cannot get a clue with two good hands and a leg-hold trap:
- I'll say it (pause here for emphasis) to myself!
She sure showed me.

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ziparumpazoo
Feb. 24th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
This had me lauging so hard this morning. When my 5 yo comes up with something like saying "Damn", we put it on the list of things that "I can do when I'm a man". (said list also includes getting a tatoo and doing things that are 'super dangerous') Thanks for sharing.

(I liked your post at a.loquita's journal about Sam's mom and figured I'd wander over and see what else you've been insightful about)
thothmes
Feb. 25th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Thank you. What a lovely compliment! I've friended you back. I hope the fact that I'm generally pretty silent over here on my own journal will not be discouraging to you.

p.s. I squee'd reading your comment, because I have enjoyed your fictions of late. You have a lovely sense of the characters' voice.
ziparumpazoo
Feb. 25th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Not discouraging at all. That's what I love about this format - people can come and go as they please. Occasionally I throw questions out there in my journal when I'm writing and I love when people jump in with well thought out opinions. Yours are always worth reading.

p.s. I squee'd reading your comment, because I have enjoyed your fictions of late. You have a lovely sense of the characters' voice.

Wow, that's so very kind of you to say, especially since characterization is my first and foremost priority when I'm writing - if you can get that down (and I'm trying!), then the plot will usually fall into place because you are writing based on their reactions to the situations.
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