The "S" Word

>> Tuesday, June 23, 2009

This Sunday, my oldest daughter and I are going to have a very special afternoon and evening. We've arranged with her grandparents to keep her younger sister for the night, and my husband will be at work. I have told her we'll have that time together, just the two of us, and given her just a few hints as to what we're going to do. She's growing up too quickly, so I want to have a time for the two of us to talk, do girl things (like paint our fingernails and eat chocolate), and just have fun together.

Tonight at the table she turned to me and said, "Mommy after supper I need to talk to you. It's private, just for the two of us. It's about the "S" word."

The "S" word? I could only think of one "s" word that would require privacy to talk about. What question should she possibly have that was so urgent? She's EIGHT! We have been open and answered any questions she's had, but so far her questions have been very simple and basic, nothing requiring secrecy.

After supper we went to her room and sat down on her bed. I was trying to prepare myself for any question she might have. Taking a deep breath, I asked what was on her mind.

"Mommy, on Sunday if it's nice, can we sit outside when we go to Starbucks?"

I breathed a sigh of relief. "Starbucks" was the "s" word. She was being cryptic because she didn't want her little sister to be jealous of the fun day we had planned. I guess my little girl is going to stay a little girl for a little while longer. :-)


Anonymous June 23, 2009 at 6:13 PM  


That is hilarious!

I remember discovering the "s" word in 4th grade. My girlfriend and I looked it up in the classroom dictionary. We were astounded. It was in there! How could they put such a word in there? How could that even be legal? By the end of the school day, every kid in the class had made a walk over to the dictionary by the bookshelves to see for themselves. Some dummy even went and underlined the word. Then somebody later crossed out the entire word.

Times are different today. Kids learn things a lot earlier in this generation.

I'm glad your little one still has time to just be a kid.

Tesa June 23, 2009 at 7:55 PM  

Oh, phew! I can imagine your relief! :)

Emily June 25, 2009 at 4:15 PM  

Yep, I'm glad she still maintains her innocence. :-)

And I was very relieved! :-)

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