Doin' the Damn Thang



All right, I confess ... I can be a bit of a potty mouth. I suppose that doesn't say much for someone who uses words to make a living, but I can't help it. Cuss words just infiltrate my vocabulary, all stealthy-like. I do make an effort not to use profanity in front of the boys, but shit shoot, sometimes it just slips through my lips before I even know it's on my tongue.

A conversation I had over the weekend sparked me to try and recall whether my kids had ever cussed. Despite my occasional slipups, Colin and Cameron have been pretty good about not repeating bad words. In fact, the only thing I could think of was a scenario that happened once while I was baking a cake. After asking me if he could crack the eggs, stir the batter, and all that stuff - and getting met with "no" every time - Colin gave an exasperated sigh and said, "Well can I just lick the damn bowl then?"

But that was the only time I could recall either one of my kids cussing, in the entire history of their lives.

... Until yesterday.

I was sitting here at the computer and Colin was finishing the task of picking up toys. He thought he was done - but then he spotted a stray under my desk. "Damn it," he muttered, "I forgot something."

Then there was Cameron, later that same day. While we were eating supper, he dropped the last bite of his pickle out of his mouth. And in the most disappointed tone he could muster, he said, "Awww, damn it!"

Clearly we can deduce that "damn" is my most-frequently-uttered cuss word. All I can say is that I'm glad it's a lower-tier, PG-13 cuss word and not, like, the F-bomb or something.

Because if Cameron would have dropped his "effing" pickle? We would've had a problem.


Comments

  1. Shit.

    Damn is a PG word.

    Throat chops. I keep tellin you this.

    "I dropped my damn pi..." THROAT CHOP!

    Gargle gargle.

    "I'll never cush again mom."

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  2. Kids are like sponges...I keep trying to remind my hubs that he needs to clean up his act before the babe gets too big and starts copying him!!

    ~WM

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  3. It sounds like they have a good grasp of the word and its usage.

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  4. We know this ALLLLLLL too well. :)

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  5. I've had that same feeling- Whew! It's only damn and not something REALLY bad!

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  6. Hey, they are capable of learning some damn things right? That's gotta count for something, at least they have the proper usage for it!

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  7. hahaha well....My son (6) told my daughter (8) she had "gas in her ass" last week.

    Good times.

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  8. Yes, they copy everything...my usually did it at the most inappropriate time like in front of the pastor or grandparents!

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  9. I have a total potty mouth- online. Irl, I have to tone it down b/c my kids will repeat every damn thing.

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  10. lol...mason's new favorite is crap. yeahh....it may or may not be my favorite word ever. btw- did you ever get your sling from the company? i forgot to ask you!!

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  11. My mother (old prim and proper) never said a cuss word in her adult life (I imagine she had a major potty mouth when she was younger and hadn't found God yet). So, it was a look of utter shock when she walked passed Dallas room - when he was a wee man of less than two - just as his block tower fell down..... to which he repeated a line from his favorite movie at the time....

    "Nice F'n model"

    Thank you Beetlejuice. I suppose Darren and I should have corrected him but the shock looked on my mother's face (she had never seen the movie and had no idea where that came from) was priceless and we were also tickled, after all, our less than 2 year old had used it in the appropriate context and everthing!

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  12. "Well can I just lick the damn bowl then?" Funny stuff!

    They even know how to use it! Kids are so smart.

    An effing problem would have been the worst!

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  13. My problem is using "Jesus" a lot.

    So now Natalie is all, "Jesus!" if she's upset. Her religious Grandma is going to LOVE that.

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  14. My oldest went through a week of his life where everything was f*ck. It was fabulous....NOT. Needless to say that we didn't go anywhere that week.

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  15. Hmmmm.....I'm afraid you may have inherited your slightly potty-mouth from your mother! I do try to watch it around the little ones, though. At least the boys know when and how to use it. ;o)

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  16. As long as they're just damming inanimate objects and not people I think the language is pretty tame.

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  17. That's too funny. And that was the first curse word I heard one of my kids say too.
    Came over from SITS.

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  18. Isn't it great when your kids use the words in the right context! My 2 year old did this one day and we couldn't help but crack up, then we of course tried to bite our tounges and explain that, that was a mommy and daddy word only. Kids, you gotta' love them! Visiting from SITS

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  19. Oh, I so get this post and love it. I could turn a sailor red with my mouth sometimes!

    My girls used to rat themselves out for using bad words. In the car and it would start something like this....."Mama, I'm sorry. I said a bad word today and it started with an 's'". I'm thinking my baby said shit in front of her teacher?!? SHIT! After a little prodding, the word tumbles out of her mouth.....the "s" word - stupid!!!

    Such is my life! lol! Stopping by from SITS.

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  20. I love this. I witnessed my 13 year old sister use the F Bomb the other day, and I was mortified. Even more so when my mom said "I think she picked that up from you." Makes me pay attention to what I say now.

    Im new to your blog, I love it!

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  21. all in all "damn" isn't really that bad!

    i was not allowed to curse as a kid. as a result i have a mouth on me like a convict!

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  22. LOL I am surprised it wasn't the F-bomb b/c you DO say that a lot - don't you remember the time Lisa & I were there we kept saying bitch all the time....didn't Colin call Curtis that or something when we were trying to get him up?

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  23. Our little dude is 18 mos and we're trying to censor ourselves now. That shiz is tough!

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  24. We've had damn, bloody, and one shit so far.

    Which is lucky, considering I have a habit of muttering "fuckit!" when I get really irate

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