I mostly did it at work. Because 1). It sucked there. And 2). Everyone else (bosses and company presidents included) swore, so it was OK to do it.
But I also did it at home, and when I was out and about. So OK. I guess I did it everywhere.
Anyway, then I went and had kids and I had to start watching what I was saying and try to be a good example and stuff. Also, I started working at a real professional place where people don't typically swear and it's considered bad form to do so.
Well the other day, I was picking up the kids at the babysitter's and she asked if it was OK for them to watch the movie "Dr. Doolittle" because there were some swear words in it. I asked what they were, she told me and I said "Sure....just don't call attention to it and they probably won't even realize what they're hearing".
Then, 1.5 minutes later, on our way to the car, Elizabeth says "Mom? What's a swear word?"
I then launched into an explanation about swear words. That they are words that grown ups use sometimes when they're frustrated or mad, and they aren't for kids to use.
Obviously, they wanted examples of swear words and kept asking "well, like WHAT is a swear word?".
I was in the middle of silently working out in my head whether I should tell them one, like hell, when Elizabeth says:
"Is shit a swear word?"
Of course, I did what any parent would do: I burst out laughing.
I mean, I know it's wrong and all, but when a kid swears? Well, it's just a little funny. I know it shouldn't be, but it is.
After I composed myself, I said "Yes, it is a swear word. And where did you hear it at, anyway?"
Now, please know that even though I really try to watch what I say, it's
We then had a conversation about what shit means (another word for poop, which was totally hilarious to them) and that they are not allowed to say it. They both assured me that they do not and will not.
At least not when I'm around, right?