Sometimes my children manage to make sounds far too big for their little bodies.
“Holy dooley!” exclaimed Tracey when Miss3 did what I’d normally refer to as a toot or bum burp.
Miss3 grinned up at her mum. “My bum’s talking,” she said.
Amusingly, a similarly themed conversation was at that moment going on in the car.
“Dad!” said Master8 from the front passenger seat, while Miss9 and Miss6 pretended to be disgusted.
“I’ve been making that one for you guys all afternoon,” I told the kids.
“It stinks,” yelled Miss9. And then after a brief pause. “It still stinks!”
“Hey! One sniff each. Don’t be greedy,” I admonished them.
I think all dads worth their salt have a line they use. My dad’s was ‘Give it some choke, it nearly started.’ Of course, before any of my kids laughed at this I’d have to explain what a choke was.
Oddly, I didn’t believe my mum passed wind until I was in my teens and one popped out to greet me while we were watching telly. I was horrified and thought it very unladylike. Clearly, up until then she’d had her bum set to stealth mode and I suspect she was a proponent of the ‘silent but deadly’ school of thought. In hindsight, I also suspect this was the real reason we kept a dog.
A personal favourite of mine is ‘did something crawl up your bum and die?’ while Tracey prefers to ask if anyone can smell petrol. If you were operating under the delusion we were in any way classy, I apologize.
Anyway, there sure isn’t any of that hold them in and leave the room nonsense in my house, and this attitude is paying dividends with new skills being learned. I mean, I don’t think anyone is going to get invited to the Queensland Conservatorium of Music for their rendition of Advance Australia Fair, but it seems we’re moving towards whole sentences now – Tracey’s conversation with Miss3 was showing.
“And what was your bum saying?” Tracey wanted to know.
“You’re the best mummy in the world,” Miss3 told her.
Given the source, Tracey isn’t sure if it’s a complement or not.
I’ve told you ours, now cough up – what does your family say when they let fly? 🙂
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