Do you swear? You know what I mean.
Does your everyday language include words from a range that starts with âdamnâ and ends with âmotherf-erâ or worse? I ask because recentlyÂ I was reminded of something that I knew, then forgot: Moms generally clean up their language, or run the risk of hearing their preschooler scream âShit!â at the playground. Me, not so much.
I was watching an episode of E!âsÂ Fashion PoliceÂ whenÂ Melissa RiversÂ made a bad guess during a contest and yelled, âCRUD!â while stomping her foot.Â Part of my surprise was the word itself. Iâve heard people say, âOh, fudge!â, and âDang!â But, âcrudâ? Â I thought,Â Crud? Who says crud? And then, the answer came in a flash. A Mom.
The truth is, for all I know, Melissa Rivers has never said a bad word in her life before and after her sonâs birth 13 years ago. I factor in her life story, including a career and a famous mother in entertainment, a father who committed suicide and a 2012 breakup because of a boyfriendâs infidelity. Iâm betting sheâs no cuss word virgin.
Language is just one of the areas good mothers try to clean up after kids arrive. I remember being truly amazed as my sailor-tongued friends successfully reined in their fire â or scheduled it carefully âand re-learned gentle epithets like âheckâ, and âdarnâ.
I donât have nieces or nephews, and HubbyMine doesnât either. In my life, there have been very few times when Iâve been in close proximity to a child more than once a month. Thatâs on average, and Iâm even counting someone bringing their kid to the office for a few minutes. That leaves a whole lot of months when my off-the-job persona enjoys a broader vocabulary without a second thought.
Result, Iâve been busted more times than Iâm willing to try to count, dropping a four-letter bomb in front of someone shorter than my navel. Conversations get going, I get animated telling a story, andâ¦OOPS, there it is.
The idea of âfreedomâ comes up often in almost any discussion of the differences between childless women and Moms. Hereâs another aspect to consider: You have the freedom to say what you want when you want. Enjoy it.