mr. keilholtz, over t'his ranty pages, remarks on two phrases he thought he'd never have to say:
"amalia, stir that with a spoon, not with the tiger" and "don't put the hedgehog in your mouth."
of course, as any parent can attest, it is not unusual to find strange phrases, and sometimes just strange noises, dribbling, falling, or streaking out of your mouth and into posterity. the title of this particular post is probably the ickiest thing i've ever had to say to one of my chitlins -- and for the sake of saving his/her face, i'll not admit to whom the phrase was spoken. i just thank our merciful Lord that it didn't have to be said in front of company.
personally, i have an incredibly low threshold for "loud" -- being an only child does that to you, i guess. you would't believe the number of times i've told the children "no more happy! you're laughing too loud." it sound more awful than it really is because we've sort of turned it into a family joke. come bedtime it's "no more happy now, it's bedtime. you can laugh again tomorrow." at least it sounds better than this one that slipped out once, "hey! we're talking to God here -- you can't laugh when you're talking to God." which we immediately had to admit was not true. ah, but what's a parent to do?
ever since i had to tell my son to "get out of that shark cage now" i've been promising myself that i'd start making a list of these little sayings, but i never have gotten around to it. it's a shame, too.