Sunday, February 22, 2009

Never Give a Half-Baked Answer to a 4-year-old

Conversation with above 4-year-old tonight, just before bed:

4-year-old (In sweet lispy 4-year-old voice): "Mommy, what does 'fat' mean?"
Me (In an absent-minded, lazy voice): "It means 'big.'"
4-year-old: "Mommy, you are very, very fat!"
Me (In a paying-attention-now voice): "Honey, many people don't like it when you call them fat. It means they are...uh...bigger than they'd like to be."
4-year-old: "Mommy you are bigger than me!" (OK. I can agree with that.)

I suppose I should have told her that "fat" means, "having too much adipose tissue." (see below). That would have cleared things right up.

P.S. I really don't have a problem with the word "fat" myself (not that I want people yelling it at me in the street), but I don't want 4-year-old to start telling anyone who is larger than she is that they are "fat."


Hurricanehol said...

Oh my goodness that was cute. You have no idea when, where, or how loud but that will come up again at the most wrong time. :-) Trust me. I've been there. It's still cute though...

Anonymous said...

Joe told me I had a big booty last week. Hmmmm. Should I have been offended? He also told his sister that she did too, and she's all of 60 pounds and in middle school - my petite child. I think he had picked it up from school...that, or The Fairly Odd Parents. Either way, I told him that wasn't polite for the same reason you told your little 4 year old about the "fat" word.

Wendi said...

I love that cute little talkative 4-year-old of yours! :) My almost-10-year old enjoys flicking my under arm flab and cracking up. :) Ya gotta love these kids that keep us humble! :)

Holly said...

Wendi-You just bop him right on his noggin when he does that.

Sweet-You go ahead and bop Joe, too.

The nerve of these kids! :)