We were in the car for a LONG time on Sunday. 9.5 hours to be exact. Our kids were great, they kept themselves (and each other) entertained, and we never once busted out the DVD player in the Odyssey (which means we’ve had the minivan for a year and a half and they don’t even know it exists -that’s a fact I’m very proud of – I’m not ready for them to know it’s there!). Anyway, it was a great trip. There were definitely some fights, some tears, and some complaining, but experiencing that in our very own car (vs. on a plane) made it almost seem like nothing bad was happening at all.
We talked, read stories, ate junk food, ate fast food, ate some more food, and sang to some of our favorite songs. As we got a bit closer to home, we turned on the radio to switch things up. First we started on country, then Travis switched it over to some hip-hop. A few harmless songs played and then Eminem came on…and then a bad word came out of his mouth (reminding me why I almost always listen to Country music when the girls are in the car). I switched the channel fairly fast and made a quiet statement to Travis, “I don’t want them to start using bad words because of Eminem. Let’s switch to something else.”
Well, Abby heard me. She quickly said, “What bad words? Like POOP?”
I couldn’t help but chuckle and I said, “No, just some other words that aren’t very nice.”
She followed up with, “Are they, ‘I don’t want to be your friend!’?”
“Nope, not quite like that…but you’re right, that’s not a very nice thing to say.”
She quickly responded, “I NEVER want to be your friend!!!???”
At that point, I just smiled. Kids are the BEST. Abby is SO sweet. And that’s a conversation I never want to forget.
I always remind myself that while some things are hard now (having to dress 3 kids, brush 3 sets of teeth, cook 100 meals a day, step on Legos regularly, etc), some things are going to get SO much harder when all these other tasks fade away. Our kids will learn “real” bad words, our kids will struggle with making tough choices, and our kids are going to experience things that will be hard for us to witness.
But for now, we get to help them get dressed and teach them that “poop” is actually not that bad of a word (depending on how and when it’s used, of course).
Right now, our jobs are actually quite easy.