The other day, I found the note above on the counter.

It was one of those things that made me feel a bit conflicted. I was fairly impressed with the note since my son is only halfway through first grade. That’s a darned good note.

I was, however, concerned about the incident that prompted the note so I called both children into the room. Here is a transcription of the conversation.

“Diego, did Lydia say a bad word to you?”

“She said a VERY bad word,” my son responded.

“Lydia, what word did you say?” I asked my four-year-old daughter.

“F*** you!” my daughter said with a enthusiastic grin.

“She’s not supposed to say that!” said my son.

Indeed she is not. I was sort of surprised because my husband and I have been watching our language for a number of years now.

“Aren’t you going to punish her?” asked my son.

If my son had said the word, I definitely would have punished him. He knows he is not supposed to say that word under any circumstances. The problem is that my daughter had no idea that it was a “bad” word. It’s a bit unfair to punish someone who has no idea she’s done something wrong. So, I will have to explain the difference between acceptable and unacceptable words to her. I will also be hanging on to this note because it was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while.

Christa T. Palmer (265 Posts)

Christa T. Palmer is a mother of 2 small children who lives in Colorado. She worked in the corporate world for more than a decade, but she was laid off the day after returning from maternity leave. Since then, she has worked as a freelance writer.