“Sit the fuck down and eat your damn dinner!!!”
That phrase has probably been on the tip of every frustrated parent’s tongue at dinner time since the invention of kids. It’s on mine nine time out of ten.
But at the last second, that tiny little filter kicks in, erases “the fuck” and “damn” and cranks out the appropriate, “Sit down and eat your dinner!!”
Cussing in front of the kids is becoming more and more of an issue for me the older they get. The boy is hearing the words at school and even knows how to spell them.
“Daddy, I know how to spell the ‘F-word’. Wanna hear it?”
This is going to shock you but I cuss like a goddamn sailor. As soon as the kids’ heads hit their little pillows I flip the switch off and just let it flow.
But recently, that switch has been a bit lose and I’ve accidently dropped an “ass” or “shit” here and there. The boy is always quick to say, “daddy!!! You just said a bad word.” Or the wife quickly snaps her fingers at me as I feel my testicles cringe and the hair stand-up on the back of my neck.
It usually only happens when I’ve broken something, or hit my massive noggin on something. I always feel awful after I say it, too.
I follow it up with, “Grayson and Macy, you know you’re not supposed to say those words right?”
“Yes daddy, we know.”
I have a buddy who has “Cuss Friday” with his two boys that are 7 and 12 years old. Every Friday he allows them to say any cuss word they want. The rules: they can only say it to their father, their mother can never know (even though she does), and if they ever cuss in public or to another person the privilege of the game is over forever.
At some level I can appreciate that. It’s like controlled cussing in a way. But, then I envision what that would be like with my son and me.
Me: “What’s up motherfucker?”
Son: “Not much cock-smoke. Can I have some goddamn juice asshole?”
Me: “Shit yes you can. Go get it your fucking self.”
Son: “Fuck you old man, you go fetch it ass-bag.”
Me: “Don’t be a dick son. I’m not going to get it.”
Son: “FINE!! Goddamn it. I have to do everything!!”
After I play that through my mind I just can’t do it. I think I’ll stick with the modern version of the way it used to be: father works on lawn mower, scrapes knuckles along bolt, says “shit!!!!,” wife who is gardening near-by says “Walter!! The children for goodness sakes!!,” and father says, “sorry kids. Daddy shouldn’t have said that word. That’s a bad word and you should never say bad words.”