I have been listening to a great book called The Sweet Potato Queens Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit which is slap-your-leg hilarious, despite the fact that the lady who authored it tends to throw in some words that I don't tend to hear or use very often. Suffice to say, I have the book saved to my mP3 player so that I don't have to worry about them picking any of them up and deciding to sprinkle them in to their conversation in, say, Sunday school. I will note, however, that it's amazing how a southern lady can throw out the f-bomb and somehow make it sound genteel!
Anyway, I digress. Surprise, surprise.
She says at one point in the book that when telling things to your kids you need to make sure that what you are telling them, specifically when it comes to S-E-X, makes it through the filter alright so that they come out with the correct information on the other end.
Case in point:
We're in the bathroom the other night, brushing our teeth and all other things related to getting ready for bed, when Declan looks at Reilly and says, very matter of factly, "You and I can never get married. You know why?"
Very dramatic pause here, during which I racked my brain trying to figure out just what in the world he was going to say next. Little did I know.
"We could grow extra arms. Or something like that."
Now, I know that the best thing to do would to have been to smile serenly and calmly explain to him that if he did marry his sister, they weren't going to immediately sprout extra sets of arms (although, as a parent, I'm sure that feature would come in handy at some point!), but it was that very mental image that caused me to almost convulse with laughter, during which he looked at me and said, "Well, that's what Papa said!" It was a few minutes before I could compose myself enough to explain to him how he had misunderstood Papa.
Apparently something got lost in the filter.