And while crotch is not a bad word and in fact is much better then some other words they could be saying, I have to tell them that it's not really appropriate to just throw the word around
Like on Friday afternoon when my son was playing on the little neighbor kid's scooter and fell. When I called to him to make sure he was ok.
He said simply:
"Yeah mom, but I think I broke my crotch".
Biting my lip, I made sure he was really ok and then had to launch into an explanation of how he probably shouldn't say crotch so loud and added that frankly I don't really think crotches break. But dammit if I didn't want to laugh. Hell, my son was laughing. Why couldn't I laugh ? But we averted the crotch crisis.
But then there was Saturday. As we prepared to head out, my daughter busily played with her Barbies at the sink next to me while I finished putting on my make-up.
"Mom," she said "This is my new Barbie and this is her sister" she said showing me the two Barbies that had been keeping her busy.
"Cool," I said
J went on to tell me about how Barbie now needed to get to work and she was running late. I learned that Barbie worked at a very nice place where all they did was have lunch and then take naps.
I asked my daughter if I could fill out an application.
"What's an application?" J asked
"Well, it's a paper that you fill out with information about yourself so people will hopefully hire you" I answered
"Oh" she said "Well she can't take applications now because she sprained her crotch"
"She did?" I say in utter surprise
"Yeah and she can't walk"
"Oh?" I questioned curiously
"Yeah" J continued "you just keep your legs closed for about 11 weeks and then it's fixed" she says authoritatively
It was then that I took a real look at the cheerleader Barbie that J had been playing with. With her oddly flexible ,posable body it was entirely possible that she could look, to my 5 year old, like she had a sprained crotch.
So I decided not to correct my daughter.
Besides I was highly amused
Crotch Crisis - 1
Mom - 0