Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Vernacular

One of the many things that can bring a group (or family) together is some common phrases that mean something only to them.

Growing up, it was "tee-tee" at my house, not pee.

When the girls were younger and mospronounced some words, Mr. Q and I repeated them. So, quite easily a pacifier became a bubba; an Ikea washcloth became a fah-fah, and so on. We never intended for them to go to college calling items by our family vernacular, but I did like that our family had our own secret language.

Over time, some of them disappeared. Yogurt used to be nah-nah, but it turned back into yogurt.

I heard another one disappear today. For the longest time, we've referred to trail mix as "mix-up." Mix-up is typically a favorite after dinner snack item for Beezus. (This is not to be confused with "snack mix-up" which is a couple crackers, a few goldfish, a couple almonds, and a few raisins tossed into a bowl and eaten in the car). Today, I really rocked their world and put some "mix-up" into their "snack mix-up."

Beezus noticed right away and said, "Mommy, I've never had trail mix in my "snack mix-up" before.

I mentally catalogued that it was another part of early childhood slipping away.

2 comments:

Elaine said...

And in your honor, Helen will occasionally go "tee tee" insted of "potty" and then inquire "why does Ellen call it tee-tee?".

Vickie said...

Hey, you actually made it to the finish line! Good for you. Where's your tag?

 
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