B is for booger

During dinner, Eli, our four year old, announced that booger starts with the letter B. I didn’t know he even knew that word.

No doubt, I could have acted like a parent and responded to the booger comment by reminding Eli that we don’t discuss snot or poots or the like while we eat, that we’re respectable middle-income Americans, that we shop at Target. But instead I encouraged him. “You’re right,” I said. “Booger does start with B.”

Then Eli asked, “You know what else starts with the letter B?”

And Sally replied, “What?”

And Eli said, “Penis.”

And that was dinner, outside on the deck on a warm evening, with our infant Slade happily going back and forth in his swing, and the dogs silently eyeballing the food.

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5 Responses to “B is for booger”


  1. 1 feeddunk March 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Could of been soooo much worse. My dinner would have been that and then some song with many more “BAD” words all at the top of their lungs!

  2. 2 Kelly March 7, 2009 at 12:04 am

    What I really want to know is what happened after the penis line. Did you laugh? How could you not?!

  3. 3 lesleyfamily March 7, 2009 at 1:35 am

    We laughed, and then Sally–or maybe I–told him penis starts with p and then Sally said something like, “I need some wine tonight.”

    Speaking of wine, Duncan, I don’t know how you raise four kids and don’t drink at all. You’re probably some kind of secret Midwestern superhero. (Captain Corn, perhaps?) Or maybe you’re part alien.

  4. 4 D S Gardner March 7, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    At least Eli confines the penis to dinner conversation. Ridley frequently walks around without any trousers, not a care in the world. He’s a budding nudist.

  5. 5 lesleyfamily March 8, 2009 at 12:27 am

    We’re fortunate that Eli hasn’t shown much of an interest in hanging out in the buff. Course, he loves pulling out his member and watering the weeds no matter where we are or who’s around, so I guess there’s always something.


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