“Maaaaaaooooooom! So-and-so said a bad word!”
How many times do you hear that around your house? I hear it several times a day. We try to teach our kids that there are certain words we just do not say and others that are questionable depending on how they are used. The family joke right now at our house has to do with a bad word.
It all began about a month ago. Special Dark really needed to have his diaper changed and he was not cooperating with me. He refused to lie down. To get him to obey I said, “Come on and be a good boy. You know how to be a good boy!” He consented and laid down so I could change him.
While I was wiping his bum he said, “Mom, I not a good boy. I a bad boy!” I, of course, made sure to tell him that he was not a bad boy but was, in fact, a very good boy. He still tried to tell me he was a bad boy. And just to prove it he looked me straight in the eye and said, “BAD WORD!”
I gasped, “What did you say? Did you say ‘bad word’?”
Special Dark nodded with a little gleam in his eye and said, “BAD WORD!” again. I started laughing hysterically! The girls all came running to see what was so funny. I told them “Girls, did you hear what Special Dark just said? He said “BAD WORD!” The girls knew exactly what to do.
“Oh no! Did you say “bad word?” You know we’re aren’t supposed to say bad words!”
Special Dark loved all the attention. The rest of the afternoon he’d say “BAD WORD!” whenever one of us was near him. He thought he was being such a bad boy. ☺
It’s been a month since that happened and guess what? I’ve noticed when Special Dark gets a little rebellious streak he goes around saying, “BAD WORD!” We all laugh because it’s just so darn cute.
I was telling one of my friends at church about Special Dark’s “bad word.” She said, “You know, that’s not a bad idea! Can you imagine the faces on my coworkers when I say “bad word” instead really saying one?” She reported back to me that the reaction she got was priceless. It’s now the “thing to say” around her office.
“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through
it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a
headache.”— Marjorie Pay Hinckley (Glimpses into the Life and
Heart of Marjorie Pay Hinckley, 1999, p 107)
I simply love this quote by Sister Hinckley! I use it as my tagline on my personal e-mail account. As the mother of seven children my days are full of things that go wrong. We deal with most of them through humor. If we didn’t I think I’d be severely dehydrated by the end of each day because of all the tears that would be shed. Laughing at the situtations that arise also helps my children to see that what they thought were earth-shaking events (a whole gallon of spilled milk or gum in their hair) are really just small things. Finding humor helps to diffuse any stress or anger that is present keeping things from becoming to overwhelming.
Of course, there are times when we do shed tears, when we have our share of sorrows and disappointments, and we take those very seriously, but we don’t allow them to drag us down for “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).
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