Buried in my own doo-doo

by doodaddy on July 10, 2009

The affair of the flatulent leaf should have come as no great surprise.

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One of my favorite tricks with kids is to use naughty language. (I learned this from a priest.)

Not really naughty, of course — just goofy, pooplevel naughty. To wit: if I catch you saying “But I do do my own taxes!” then I will immediately reply, “You said doo-doo!” I might ding you on the “But,” too. And if you invoke the word “duty”? I’ll giggle mercilessly.

So you see, I deserve everything I got.

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Yesterday, Fern handed me a leaf she’d collected. She’s doing this a lot these days, and it’s usually with the dodgiest fragment of putrid mildewy leaf she can find.

“It’s for you!” she said, picking a postage-stamp sized leaf up out of a mound of what appeared to be ex-squirrel on the sidewalk. From her look, she clearly expected that I’d give the grotty old thing full honors as a “gift from Boo.”

So I put the leaf corpse daintily on the mantel with the other leaves she’s collected and I haven’t yet “disappeared.”

"That’s beautiful!” I lied. “I like leaf art!"

Boo thinks for half a second and then hits me with my own joke:

"Daddy, you said fart!"

And, alas, she was right: I had.

How is it that my three-year old has a better sense of humor than me?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

SeattleDad July 10, 2009 at 8:13 am

Didn’t you know the French versions are always funnier.


Nan July 10, 2009 at 9:31 am

Summer holidays are particularly whats-the-word for interesting leaf, shell, rock and flower gifts.


SAHD Dad July 15, 2009 at 2:02 pm

You make doo-doo jokes and then wonder how your three year old could have a better sense of humor than you?
How could she not?

My SAHD Life


Rebecca July 15, 2009 at 8:32 pm

So Boobaby’s name is Fern, apparently?


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