The other morning we were standing in the kitchen, me working on breakfast or some such and Maggie working on getting her hand JUST right with something. I glanced down at her, just as she looked up at me and proudly showed me her hand. And when I say proud, I mean, she had a naughty gleam in her eye and she proudly said, "Look what I'm doing."
It looked a little something like this:
Thank you Google Images for any picture you EVER wanted.
As I stared down "the bird" and looked at my daughters haughty little face, I assessed the situation and pondered my plan of attack. In probably one of my calmest moments ever, I asked her why she might be doing that.
Me: because why?
Maggie: I WANT to.
Me: WHY do you want to? Do you know what it means?
Maggie: YES I do!
Me: What does it mean when you put you finger like that?
Maggie: It means........................................NO! (as she thrust extended middle finger at me)(and also, I wish you could see her thinking face, cause it's really cute)
Me: Oh really? (and all this time I thought it meant something FAR more sinister) Hmmmm. Where did you learn that?
Maggie: (a moment of thought) Miss Ranelle (who for the record is the SWEETEST most amazing preschool teacher EVER and probably has never even THOUGHT of flipping someone off).
Me: Ummm no, I'm pretty positive you did NOT learn that from Miss Ranelle.
Maggie: Mmm hmmmm, yes I did! Miss Ranelle taught me!
Me: No she didn't.
Maggie: Yes, ah ha, it means NO! (as she thrust it in my face YET again)
And then I took the opportunity to teach Maggie the Birds and the be.....ok just kidding. But I did explain to her that it did indeed NOT mean no, but something much worse. I said that it was actually very rude, and offensive and that it meant something disgusting. And that perhaps she should NEVER flash that finger in that way again (until a proper age and a proper situation presents itself of course) most especially at her Mother because she doesn't want to do something. I just wont abide by one finger salutes.
She gave it a little thought, shrugged her shoulders, after asking what offensive meant and then went on her merry way. So far, no bird sightings have been had.
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(Oh my sides. I slay me)
Flips and slips,