Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fair and Foul Language

As a parent, one thing I do not like hearing from my kids is the use of any foul language. When I hear it, I reprimand them immediately. However, I had an unexpected reaction to my older son’s use of an impolite word last week.

A week ago, I was engaging in the usual back-and-forth driving with kids’ activities. My older son had marching band practice that ended at 6:00 p.m. My younger son had football practice that started at 6:00 p.m. The two practices are about a mile apart. So, my plan was to drop off my younger son at football practice, watch him until practice starts, and then head to marching band practice. This schedule works as marching band often finishes late. However, that night, my cell phone rang with my older son, sounding a little frantic and wondering where I was. I told him I was on my way and would be their shortly.

When I picked him up, I looked at him and said, “You finished early today.”

My son nodded. “Yeah, and I didn’t know where the (bleep) you were.”

I immediately corrected him, saying that he shouldn’t use that language. He apologized. Still, part of me had to smile.

As I’ve mentioned in the post before, my older son has a severe speech delay. He’s a smart kid, but he speaks English like it’s a second language. Grammar is a constant challenge for him. And though I reprimanded him for the language he used, part of me was happy. To use the curse where it sounds like natural English takes an extra grammatical step. He’d done it right.

I admit it’s the oddest reason to be smile.

But when you have a kid with special challenges, you sometimes find happiness in the unique milestones.


Jennifer Shirk said...

Ha! That's a funny moment.

BECKY said...

I'm with you,Walt! I totally understand.

Lydia Kang said...

Someday, you'll tell him this story and you'll both laugh over it!