It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Windows into Family Life

From George:

“He is a aaahs-hole. Darcy, say aaahs-hole.”
Me: ??? Who taught you that word?
G: My daddy.

Mom’s explanation, looking mildly exasperated (this mom does every emotion mildly, far as I can make out): “Dad was talking about a colleague, and sometimes he forgets he’s talking in front of little sponges.” (I suspect dad would be more entertained than made apologetic by this story, hence mom’s exasperation.)

Another one: “I went to Zellers and I bought a present for my father for Father’s Day and it was a video of Jesus Christ Superstar, and I got upset when they put Jesus on the wooden cross, so we watched The Little Tugboat instead.”

I can see it. Mom, Dad, and children gathered around to absorb the profundities of… The Little Tugboat.

From such innocent disclosures do I get a sense of the family politics and power balances of each household!

June 26, 2006 - Posted by | George, parents


  1. oh god, makes a mom’s heart quake to think what Pumpkinpie will disclose when she is able to put together a more descriptive sentence that doesn’t involve filling in some blanks.

    (Like scenes from this weekend when, at someone cottage for the day, I told Misterpie we were never leaving the house again.)

    Comment by kittenpie | June 26, 2006 | Reply

  2. I have learned how to say asshole in French. It may come in handy someday.

    Rochelle was upset by JCS too. I’d forgotten about those final scenes.

    Comment by Granny | June 26, 2006 | Reply

  3. Ha! Children can indeed control the favored media of the household.

    My mother says that she missed a decade of pop culture while tending to us and watching Sesame Street. After we emerged, a little older and able to watch favorite TV shows together, she came across odd things that she hadn’t noticed. “They made 5 sequels to The Planet of the Apes? When did that happen?”

    Comment by Lady M | June 26, 2006 | Reply

  4. yes. it’s amazing what one reveals in only a few words. i wonder what i reveal? although, in my case, it would RARELY be from only a FEW words!

    Comment by kyra | June 26, 2006 | Reply

  5. What does it say about a family if they watch Wiggles together so much they all know the lyrics to the songs? Am I crazy, or does “Big Red Car” have all the signs of becoming a billboard hit?!

    Comment by AverageMom | June 27, 2006 | Reply

  6. Oh, if they knew, do you think they would just die?

    Comment by Jenorama | June 29, 2006 | Reply

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