It’s Not All Mary Poppins

She’s her mother’s daughter

Emma is reading The Hare and the Tortoise to the children. We own a version illustrated by Brian Wildsmith, and it’s quite lovely.

She reads slowly, and lets the children chatter about each page. It’s a British imprint, which becomes obvious at the start of the race.

“What’s a ‘cock’, Emma?”

Showing remarkable aplomb for an almost-eighteen-year-old, Emma answers the question simply. Nary a snicker to be heard.

“It’s the rooster, sweetie. In some places, they call a rooster a ‘cock’. See him standing there? The rooster is going to start the race.”

She continues with the story. A line later, she stops.

“You know, it’s pretty hard to read this and not hear something entirely different.”

I haven’t been paying attention. “Read what?”

Emma clears her throat and repeats the line with Import and Drama.

“The cockswelled upready… to give the signal.”

Not nearly as aplombish as my daughter, I snicker. May even have sniggered like a nine-year-old schoolboy.

“You, young lady, have a filthy mind.”

Aplomb gone to the wind, she snickers right back.

“Uh-huh. And where did I get that from?”


June 7, 2011 - Posted by | books, my kids, sex |


  1. I work at an airline, and you wouldn’t believe the names you see. Thankfully, I don’t work with the public, because when I see a name like Hurlbutt, or Alcock, or Will Hung, I laugh like I’m in middle school health class. 🙂

    I hear you. Besides, you take your giggles where you find them, right? Here’s mine: I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but there was a fellow on the parent council of my kids’ middle school whose name was Dick Hiscock. Indeed. While you have to wonder what his parents were thinking, you wonder even more why on earth he doesn’t go by Richard, or even Rick. What possesses a man with a surname of ‘Hiscock’ to use that particular variant of his name?

    Comment by MJ | June 7, 2011 | Reply

    • That is hilarious.

      Comment by MJ | June 8, 2011 | Reply

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