I won't lie. I do use foul language. Anyone who knows me well enough, knows that I don't use it all the time, but mostly, it is the fastest flying words that might pop out when I get hurt. (I don't curse at people.) So, this morning, I was doing my 7 1/2 year olds hair. She asked me, "Is "screwed up" a bad word?" I told her that in our home, it is, however, I know that I have used it in front of her. I told her that I switched my verbiage in recent years to try to say the word "wonky," instead of that term. She said she didn't know, and I told her that she should always ask if she is not sure.
I took the conversation a step further. I asked her to tell me all the bad words she knows. I told her that she would not get in trouble, but I wanted to know what she really knew. I was blown away. First, she reluctantly told me the ones I knew she would, like "fat, stupid, dumb." I pressed her further for words that were "REALLY" bad. She thought and thought, and could only come up with one. I wish I was kidding.
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She then added, "I have heard you say that a lot, but I know how bad it is and I would NEVER say it again.
To which I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, "Well, fuck me! I'm not as shitty a parent as I thought I was!"