Every day in public is a bit like walking on egg shells with a 2-year-old who is getting more vocal by the day.
The fact he's talking more isn't a problem, it's just how his words come out sometimes that have the potential to get his daddy in trouble.
You see, for many words that start with the letter "s" he's been known to accidentally pronounce the "f" sound.
This makes for some tense moments in public, especially at a local playground. There's a certain part of this playground that gave him a shock recently. So when he goes to this part of the playground he says "shock me." If you see his earlier problem with saying "s" you can see how that might turn into something vulgar in a hurry. It had some adults at the park laughing when they heard it, but they looked like they understood what he was trying to say at least.
The same can be said for him wanting a candy sucker too. You can see how that can get pretty lewd in a hurry as well. The fact that he has been craving these suckers in church lately makes it even more dangerous for us if he yells this mispronunciation. I can see getting banned from church because our kid tried to yell "sucker" and it came out not sounding like the word "sucker."
And here I thought a few weeks ago that him saying "school butt" instead of school bus was bad.
I have never been a big person to use curse words. I remember as a young kid a scoop from my ice cream cone fell on the floor and I let a rare bad word fly. Well, that led to me watching out the window for punishment while my brothers played a big game of neighborhood baseball just outside of our door. That kind of memory will steer one clear from using bad words.
Except this case now is much different - as he has no intent in using the words. Once we get the pronunciations down right, the good words that sound like bad words will go away.
Until then, we'll just be on the edge wondering what word is going to fly out next.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org