And then of course, last week Mini dropped the F-bomb and I got in trouble. But whatever - moving on.
So I asked my son to tell me his favorite words and he got very excited and said:
- Flicket (not actually a word but whatever)
And pie. In any given conversation that my two older kids have, the following three words will be spoken: "I like pie." They'll just walk into a room and start saying that to each other. They'll have a whole conversation that is comprised of only that sentence, over and over again.
I have no idea. They're a bunch of weirdos.
Then I asked Mini. She was like "Oh. Dat's so easy." and then said:
So then I asked Thumbelina. She said:
- Great Scott! (also not a word but for the purposes of this conversation an exclamation will suffice)
She enjoys doing advanced math. She creates potions that we are not allowed to touch, even when (especially when) they begin to turn rancid or grow mold.
And fluffernutter? It can be used as an expletive, as an affectionate nickname, or to describe a somewhat disgusting sandwich that Elvis might have enjoyed. It's versatile and awesome. So honestly, these three words describe her perfectly.
Then I decided to tell them my favorite words (that are OK to share with small people):
You already know that I think "pants" is the funniest word in the entire world. I explained to my kids that the word "pants" is so powerful that you can combine it with other words and make them better. I gave a couple of examples:
- Kitten becomes kittenpants.
- Pudding becomes puddingpants.
- Turd becomes turdpants.
I told you that kid was a mad genius. She's so right.
The the Cap's chimed in with:
This small adventure reminded me of all of the words the kids used to say when they were very small. And how they captured perfectly who they were, at that moment of being little. My son at about age 3 would scream the word "PORKCHITTER!!!" as his battle cry. And four years later, we had totally forgotten about that. I mean - how you can forget a preschooler creating the world's perfect non-nonsensical, all-purpose curse word? I need to reincorporate that word into my vocabulary immediately.
It's important to remember this stuff, I think. To keep track of it somewhere. I take their pictures constantly, trying to capture images that represent who they are and what our lives are like. But I never kept up with their baby books and the only place I write down the awesome things they say is here. And really - "here" is for me and for other mommies, not for them. But I want them to be able to remember later in their lives that even though I sometimes yelled at them or sent them to bed early or said "no" more than "yes", that we were often a happy family. A family of fluffernutters.
I hope they will remember that, and not just the parts where we all yelled "porkchitter".
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