We need a swear jar. I know I wrote a few months ago about how we might need a swear jar when some of Daniel’s words starting sounding like expletives, but I think we really need one now.
It’s been a stressful time in my house, which you might have gathered. One night a few weeks ago, I uttered a very loud, expressive “Jesus Christ” when Jimmy and I were recounting our days. It probably sounded more like “JEEZUS K-RIST!” About two seconds later, Daniel mimicked me with an utterly adorable and enthusiastic “Jesus Christ.” We laughed, and I muttered something about being more careful.
A few days later, MIL and I were chatting, and she mentioned Daniel’s new phrase. And that it sounded more like swearing than a sweet call to our Lord and Savior. Sheepishly, I admitted that Daniel might have heard the phrase at home and that said phrase might have been used as an expletive. Ha ha ha.
Cue to the church.
Last Friday was Mum’s funeral mass. Daniel behaved beautifully despite the mass being during nap time (he’s fascinated with music, so the many songs helped). After the mass, we proceeded outside for the internment of Mum’s ashes. It was a tiny space, and Daniel, Jimmy and I were very close to the priest. The priest began to speak. I can’t remember what he said except that it contained a lot of “Praise Jesus.” During that sacred time when I should have been focusing on Mum, I had a horrible thought. What if my toddler, hearing the many “Praise Jesuses,” decided to add a boisterous “Jesus Christ” of his own which the priest would have heard easily? I would have been mortified.
I steeled myself for it, but thankfully, that moment never came. Daniel can exclaim “Jesus Christ” every day if he likes (ok, so no he can’t) because I am SO RELIEVED that he did not do it at his great-grandmother’s funeral mass.
So yeah, I need a swear jar.
And why was everyone so quick to assume he learned it from me?