Friday, 9 January 2009

Conversations with a four year old - the one about the c-word

In amongst all the daily stress there is some light relief that keeps me going:

Driving to school today daughter asked, "Mummy, what's the C-word?"


Okay, let's investigate where this came from.


"What do you mean?"

"The C-word!"

"Where did you hear it?"

"After school care"

"Who said it?"

"Mrs Murphy"

(the lady in charge of after school care)

"What did she say?"

" "C-word!" "

"Yes, but in what sentence? Tell me the sentence she said"

" "Who wants to play on the c-word?" "


I thought for a while.

What would she mean?

Something beginning with 'c' that she didn't want all the children to know about..........

Got it!

"Computers! "Who wants to play on the computers?"!"

Thank goodness for that!

18 comments:

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

P_hew...my gosh l'm sooo relieved...I was thinking how old, the teacher shit!!!
you bild me up only to knock me down, thank you for that...

The Guider said...

Wow, the thoughts that were running through my head!

Single Parent Dad said...

Hopefully the proper question will never come, my mother still doesn't know what it means, bless her. Mind she knows squat about computers either.

Suburbia said...

That was a bit of a scare then!!!Thank goodness you didn't 'leap in' with a full blown explanation!

Maggie May said...

Was getting just a bit worried there!

GoneBackSouth said...

Phew that was close!

More than a Mother said...

LOL - fancy 'computer' being a dirty word, for the daughter of a blogger! Outrageous ;)

gigi said...

That was a little scary. I'm not so sure she should have even called the computer that??

Polly said...

Now that would have been a fun conversation to have....

scrappysue said...

since when was computer a dirty word???

Moannie said...

I was interested to find out how you handled such a tricky question. Great relief all round. Envisaged enraged mum demanding instant dismissal of teacher.

How would you have handled it if it had been the one word I cannot form, I wonder.

Working mum said...

I think the impact of this post has more to do with adult associations with the 'c-word' rather than daughter's.

Moannie - I knew it wouldn't be the word I was thinking of, daughter is only four and goes to a lovely school, I just had to find out where she'd heard the expression 'c-word' and figure out what it had been used for; and I certainly knew Mrs Murphy would have an innocent use of it! I've also been on the receiving end of enraged parents accusing teachers without finding out the truth of the situation - I hope I never do that!


Gigi - I'm sure Mrs Murphy was just trying to find a way to say 'computer' without the younger kids knowing, she won't have thought of the other meaning of 'c-word' she's far too pure and innocent!

More than a Mother and Scrappy Sue - computer is a bad word if you've got more children than computers!

Mean Mom said...

LOL! I'm quite tickled by the thought of Mrs Murphy talking in code, to her bemused pupils.

That was a scary conversation, for a second or 2.

family affairs said...

Phew....a few more years to go yet. Happy New Year to you all Lx

(ps my word verif is "hugurox" - I don't have an ox, but I would hug it if I did)

rosiero said...

Phew. Thank goodness you took that slowly and eliminated what it could have been!!

Gary said...

LOL, you had me going for a moment.

I love this kind of thing. I decided to write down all of the interesting, odd things children said in one day and wrote a post about that. How amazing are the little ones and how interesting to be around them.

Reluctant Housewife said...

Ha! How alarming... then, thankfully, not so alarming.

Stacie said...

oh *whew*