Josh has a toybox in our great room. The box is the catcher-of-all-things. A Box of Holding, for you D&D fans. Mary Poppin’s carpetbag for others. You get the drift, it seems bottomless. So, this morning, I was on the computer, working on some Scout stuff, and I become aware that he is digging in the toy box, which is behind me. I check over my shoulder, and I can only see him from the waist down. The entire top half of his body is in the toybox, and he’s digging like there’s no tomorrow. I hear him muttering to himself:

“I’ll find it if I keep praying the same damn thing.”

I’m not sure I hear him correctly. I don’t want to believe I heard him correctly, so I asked him to repeat himself. He does, still buried in the toy chest:

“I’ll find it if I keep praying the same damn thing!”

“Joshua!!” I said, a bit indignant. My child was swearing, after all. Out in the open!! “Stand up and face me!”  He does.  “Did you just say, ‘I’ll find it if I keep praying the same damn thing’?”

He smirks, because he knows that I just said a bad word, and he’s a little proud that I thought HE was brave enough to say it.

“NO, Mom,” he says, exasperated. “I said, I’ll find it if I keep praying to St. Anthony!”



Your turn… what’s your best “oops” moment, or misunderstanding?

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10 Responses to Misunderstanding

  1. Jenny says:

    HAHAHAHHA that made me laugh!!!!!!!!! umm I guess I don’t have anything to say on this one, yet!

  2. SKL says:

    Oh, I am sure I have those moments more often than I care to remember. Most recently, my kids have been on some kind of a fake brat-noise kick. Which really doesn’t say much for their intelligence, particularly when I’m not close to my drug of choice (coffee). So once in a while they will be doing their fake “wah” or whatever, and I’m getting ready to go off on them, when I realize they are just messing around. Irritating!

    I remember when my kids were wee tots, and Miss E was big into animal sounds. We’d be all happy and suddenly she’d make this crabby whiney noise, and I’d say “stop whining! whining is bad!” Eventually I realized that this always happened right after I said “what sound does an elephant make?” So that was her version of an elephant noise.

  3. mssc54 says:

    Don’t suppose you want to tell Josh that Dead Robert isn’t St. Robert simply because Dead Anthony got more votes than he did?

    Damn St. Anthony.

    • Laura says:

      I don’t get into church politics ever since they demoted St. Christopher. Who am I supposed to have standing on my dashboard now?

      • mssc54 says:

        Who ever you have on your dashboard make sure they are facing the traffic and not the interior of the vehicle!!

        • Laura says:

          I usually duct tape them upside down, with their backsides facing traffic. That way, if they have a “wardrobe malfunction”, they’re mooning the driver that I”m cussing at!

  4. Sue says:

    I can’t remember now if it was Trinity or Christopher who everyone thought was saying the ‘f’ word when what they were really saying was fork!

  5. Nikki says:

    That was pretty funny!!!! I can imagine his little grin too!

    I don’t know if I have any stories like this. I’ll have to think about it-and right now, it’s too early for that.

  6. Joy says:

    My mind leaves me blank on this. This is why every parent should write stuff like this down. Memories fade sometimes and stuff like this is so cute. I know we mispronounced a lot of stuff and that always brought chuckles but that whole conversation is super cute.

    BTW, how do they demote a Saint?

    • Laura says:

      Apparently, St. Christopher was never an “official” Saint. He was a Saint in Name Only, having never been officially “venerated”/”canonized”/recognized as a saint by the Vatican. The Catholic Church started Canonizing somewhere around the 10th Century.

      Well, according to what I read, he was a legendary figure that had all these stories attached to him, and over the years, Christopher gained the ‘reputation’ of a Saint. He lived around the 3rd Century, and was killed, a martyr for the Christians. Many legends were attributed to him, and I guess everyone just *thought* he had been Canonized. Well, several years ago, during a general “inventory” of Saints, it was discovered that Christopher was never *actually* canonized. So they bumped him from the Calendar, and no longer celebrate his Feast.

      I don’t think anybody cares, though. I still hear Catholic Friends refer to St. Christopher. Seems to me, if you’ve held the title in good standing – even if it was conferred by the people instead of some Pope – since about the FOURTH CENTURY, you deserve to keep it in perpetuity.

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