It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Words to strike fear

Nigel’s voice lilts down the stairs from the bathroom. A sweet voice, a happy, cheerful, sing-song voice:

“Maaary! There’s shit all over the tooooi-let!”

June 18, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. So very glad I’d set my coffee down and swallowed before I read this one. Reading about your zipper was funny enough. This would have ruined my keyboard.

    Comment by Allison | June 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. And you replied?

    Comment by kittenpie | June 21, 2008 | Reply

  3. Like Kittenpie said, what was your reply?!

    Phrase of the day yesterday from my toddler. “Pee is coming! Pee is coming!” followed by a family dash to the bathroom.

    Comment by Lady M | June 22, 2008 | Reply

  4. “Maaary! There’s shit all over the tooooi-let!”

    Bahahahahaha, somehow I think it would be a relief that he didn’t say, “poop” or use some other child-friendly pseudonym.

    In such a situation it seems even a toddler knows you (as in the one responsible for cleaning it up) don’t want it dumbed down.

    Comment by Zayna | June 23, 2008 | Reply

  5. What I replied was exceedingly un-family-friendly, and shall not be repeated here. It was also said exceedingly sotto voce, too, not to worry. The little sh… sweetie didn’t hear me.

    And in fact, when I got up there, it wasn’t bad at all. Just one teeny 1-inch racing stripe on one side of the seat. The work of 20 seconds to clean and disinfect.


    Comment by MaryP | June 23, 2008 | Reply

  6. We managed to wean “shit” off the preschooler’s vocab (he knew the exclamatory meaning, not the literal). But he’s intimately familiar with “skids”.

    Comment by Kat | June 29, 2008 | Reply

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