Friday, March 08, 2013

Middle Finger

One day recently my precious 5 year old asked me what the middle finger meant.

She knew enough to know that she shouldn't put her middle finger up but she wanted to know why. There was no doubt that one of her 3 older brothers told her that pointing with your middle finger means the same as a bad word.

Ah the joys of having older siblings in school.

As simplistically as I could, I told her that putting your middle finger up at someone means that you want something really bad to happen that person. I said that is shows that you don't like the person or are really mad at the person. I also told her the word that means the same thing.

I was honest and forth-coming. All the while, I was a bit sad that I had to explain it all to a 5 year old.

A few hours later, my daughter proudly said,

"Momma, I'm gonna give peanuts the middle finger... It's okay because peanuts are really bad for David."

4 comments:

sharon said...

Oh, I am speechless. The love your kids have for each other is priceless.

Pam said...

I love it! You go on, little Elsie, and flip the bird at peanuts!

Jane Anne, I completely understand your sadness in having to explain such things to one so young. I have felt the same way at each step through the doorway that leaves a little bit more innocence behind.

You did a great job!

Honey said...

Well at least you know she comprehended what you told her...love the way you parent!!!

ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen) said...

LOL! At least she got it right. I'd like to give peanuts the middle finger too.