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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Katie has some issues, there's no question about that.
(fyi, if you're new to The Other Boufs, Katie is the dancer all the way on the right)

It's perfectly ok that I make fun of her dancing since I love her so much.

But honestly, that dance recital was a smashing success since she actually wore her black leotard AND her dance shoes. The "legwarmers": an added bonus. Truth is, I had worked myself up the entire day about getting her cooperation to dress appropriately. I entered The Little Gym apprehensive and sick to my stomach, but prepared, with makeup and hints of a celebration cupcake for a job well done. This was her 3rd recital and to date, she had never worn what the group was supposed to wear, without accomodations. Of course, the first go at putting on the leotard resulted in an episode and some hasty thrashing in efforts of wripping it right off, but we were able to finally compromise and she wore one of her favorite leotards underneath so she wouldn't even feel "the itchy one".

So, after our celebration date at the diner (it was just the girls since Timmy had puked all over himself at dinner and had to stay home with dad), we drove home.  Katie was unusually peppy and verbally lucid for that late at night. I began to tune some of the non-stop chatter out of my head until I was certain I had heard the "F" word.

I couldn't really blame her since I do tend to swear like a sailor, but I really DO try to hold back in front of the kids. In 5 1/2 years, she's only ever repeated "damn it" or "what the hell?!?!". We quickly discussed both phrases and nipped them in the bud. I thought I was in the clear.

I asked her to tell me again what she had just said, breath held. She proudly repeated herself and I took an audible sigh of relief when she repeated, "I said 'Oh GREAT now we have to go get STUCK at this red light'"*****

Well thank goodness, at least I'm not a terrible parent who makes fun of her kid's dancing AND has her kid dropping F-bombs.

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*****Ok, so this isn't really exactly how the conversation went down. In reality, she began with "I said 'Oh GREAT now we have to go get STUCK..." and I felt an immediate sense of relief that I had really heard her say "STUCK" and not something inappropriate. But, then she continued as clear as I ever heard this little girl who has been in speech therapy for 3 years " the F%^#ing red light!" I double checked 3 times. And heard that "really bad word for a mom to say in front of her kids and even worse to have them repeat" all three times.


debi9kids February 12, 2011 at 2:32 PM  

Good times with the "f" bomb. Yeah. I think I've heard that escape a few kids' mouths here as well. Opps.

The leg-warmers... awesome. Katie's were TRULY warming her ENTIRE legs :)

ps In fairness to Katie, none of those little girls were all that fabulous as far as dancing goes. I don't think she was any worse than any of them.
And, at least she wasn't wearing the shiny silver sweat suit. WTH?

Unknown February 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM  

The girl right next to her had only been in their class for 1 month. The little girl next to her is much younger than the rest of the girls.

My camera doesn't really show much of the other class that does it much better.

Be nice about our little friend Carli...she was totally rocking out dressed up as Madonna (with rosary):)She looked awesome!

Lin February 12, 2011 at 9:13 PM  

Too funny! My little man isn't talking just yet, but I'm sure we'll have plenty...goodness knows his daddy is going to learn how to sensor himself a bit more once the little man starts talking! :-)

Just wanted to stop by and say Hi! Creating a Reviewer's Retreat 2011 List on follower, too!

Unknown February 19, 2011 at 7:58 AM  

That is so hilarious that you gave her a talk : ) and all she said was stuck. She sure is cute!

Heather March 2, 2011 at 3:22 PM  

congrats on the success of the dance recital. And I am pretty sure I am going to enter that with a story I blogged about a couple of years ago with a misunderstanding with my husband.

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