Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The Short One Speaks Spanish
So recently my precious four year old boy was sitting on the couch with a cup full of milk - I know, mistake number one. I figure the couch is leather, the cup has a lid, we're semi-safe, yes? No. The lid comes off, the child starts to bouncing and milk goes everywhere. Before I could even see what was happening, I hear, "THAT SUCKS!"...ummm, excuse me?!?!
You see, we don't use the word "sucks" unless we're talking about a baby and a bottle or someone eating a lollipop. When I approach my sweet and precious son with, "WHAT did you just say?" I get...
Was it bad?
Am I not supposed to say that word?
What did you HEAR me say?
To which I reply, "We do NOT say the word 'sucks'...it's not a nice word and I don't want to hear it coming out of your mouth again, do you understand?"...at which point The Short One informs with a sly chuckle and innocent grin...
"Mom, it's Spanish for 'I spilled it', okay?"
This is one of those moments when you just walk away. Do not argue with the four year old. Do not laugh when he is being disciplined. Because I wanted to do both. Just...walk...away. And, ban the Spanish language from the home...at least, temporarily.