My kids like to play PUNCH BUG and CRUISER BRUISER. You know, the wonderfully special game in which one member of the family punches another member of the family in the arm when a Volkswagon Bug is spotted, or when a Chrysler PT Cruiser comes in view.
I just love this game so very, very much. *Cue the sarcastic eyebrow raise.*
The kiddos also accumulate points for spotting ambulances – 5 points (but not if they have their lights on)- and 10 points for a pink Bugs. They get tons of points for other vehicles, but I’m too busy trying to keep the peace (and of course, drive) to keep it all straight.
So when my youngest DD spotted one of these “other” cars today, I wasn’t ready for it.
“BOOGER!” she hollered. “CALLED IT!”
“BOOGER?” I was confused. And a little disgusted. So I asked the question I wasn’t sure I wanted to ask. “What in the world is a booger?” (Other than the obvious particle usually associated with the nostrils.)
“You know,” she said, not confused at all. “That little, weird car. The Booger!”
My oldest, who speaks the “PUNCH BUG” language, had an epiphany. “YOU mean a SPEC?” (That’s what they call those funky, tiny, smart-cars that look like toys.)
“YEAH! THAT’S IT!” the youngest DD agreed, giggling.
I busted out in a full blown GUFFAW.
She meant what she said… but didn’t say what she meant. Happens that way a lot around here. We say stuff that doesn’t comeout exactly the way it was supposed to.
Sometimes, it’s funny. REALLY funny. Sometimes, it’s not.
Other times, when we can’t find the right words, we need someone who can actually hear what we are trying to say. And have grace when we don’t get it right.
And sometimes, we just need to learn when to keep our pie-holes shut! (Psalm 141:3 “Post a guard at my mouth, God, set a watch at the door of my lips.)
In the following video – Tim Hawkin shares some things NOT to say to your wife… or anyone else! Better to keep that pie-hole shut! 🙂
And in this video, he MEANT to share something good… but miscommunication got in the way.