The “Sh-” word

Moo-oom, Adrian said the ‘sh-‘ word!”  Stephen informed me, with Adrian in tow.

“Really?”  I asked, surprised.  I had never heard that word out of Adrian, and was a little skeptical that he knew it.

“What ‘sh-‘ word?”  I asked, hoping we were not actually talking about THE ‘sh-‘ word, but its socially acceptable cousin, “shoot.”

“Do you even know what the ‘sh-‘ word is?”  Asked Stephen.

“Ummm…” I hedged.  I didn’t want to teach it to him if he didn’t already know it!  “I think so…”

“Do you want me to tell you the ‘sh-‘ word?”  Asked Stephen.

“Sure,” I said, to figure out what we were really talking about.  “What is the ‘sh-‘ word?”

“Ok, I’ll tell you.  Sh*t.”  He said.

Well, sh*t.  My little angels cursing already.

“How did Adrian learn that word?” I asked.

“E taught it to A, who told it to Adrian, and now Adrian really likes to say it,” explained Stephen.  Adrian nodded happily.

“Ok.  Well, look, guys, that’s not a nice word and you shouldn’t say it.  God wants us to use nice, kind words, and–”

“I KNOW,” Stephen cut me off.  “I KNOW I KNOW.  And I NEVER say it.  I just said it so you would know what it was.  Sheesh.”

“Ok, good.  As long as you guys know not to say it because it’s a bad word.  Right?”

They nodded their little heads and ran off to play.  Right.


About jennyvogan

Author of "Stephen's Mom," a blog documenting the funny, crazy life of raising four boys while keeping my day job as an ultrasound tech.
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