Monday, January 12, 2009

Yeah, I taught her that.

The other day, I was driving with Sadie in the car. We were nearly in an accident, although it would have only ended up being a small fender-bender.

I had just entered the left-hand turn lane (completely within my right-of-way) and a jerk in front of me to the right decided to swing on over. I had to slam on the brakes and swerve left (potentially into oncoming traffic) to avoid being hit. I laid on the horn as I felt the surge of adrenaline.

You know that moment when you are in the midst of protecting yourself and your loved ones from perceived danger and you feel that rush of energy? When your heart starts racing and every ounce of your good sense and judgement are thrust into getting out of danger? That moment when you are just starting to realize that the situation has been averted and you are desperately trying to regain your composure so that you can appropriately answer the "whys" coming from the almost two year old in the back seat? Do you know which moment I am talking about? It was in that moment that Sadie and I had the following conversation:

SADIE: What, Mommy, what?

ME: That guy was driving like an ASSHOLE! That's what!

S: Asshole, Mommy? Asshole?

ME: Um, yeah, baby, that's what I said.

S: (proudly) Oh, asshole!

(Repeatedly bangs head against steering wheel in defeat.)


Anonymous said...

Ok I can honestly say I have been in that position, EXACTLY. Only I can't say that I was brutally honest with my child after I'd realized what just came out of my mouth. Instead, I thought of some insanely "witty" alternative... And I can't remember it even now but it was probably something like, "Yeah, that guy is a class pole." Works for now.

Blog Stalker said...

I know this feeling all too well. My son heard "bitch" on tv and laughed and started repeating it. Great example. but did use it as a learning lesson.

Have a great day!

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

Has she said it since then? Oh man, Monkey is just starting to be a parrot of sorts so I am sure that I might have some issues here in the near future.

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