Monday, February 11, 2008

A conversation with Rachel

It's Sunday morning. I'm making breakfast for Rachel. Leah is sleeping over at a friend's place. Rae is sitting at the dining room table with her stuffed cat. I am spreading peanut butter on an English muffin. I'm half asleep, because I was over at a party at Jay's the night before and I'm not used to staying up past 11 these days. (I am so lame.)

Rachel: Mom, why do you have a nipple on your chin?

Me: [not quite sure I heard right] A what?

Rachel: That nipple, right there [pointing], on the side of your chin.

Me: That's not a nipple, it's a mole. I have a mole on my chin.

Rachel: Oh. Are you sure? I thought those were called nipples.

Me: [picturing lots of opportunities for humour in Rae's future] No, honey. It's a mole. Trust me on this.

Doesn't children's television cover subjects like this? No? Well, maybe it should. I could see Elmo clearing up these anatomical confusions by explaining the difference between moles and nipples to Dorothy the goldfish. I really could.

Maybe he could do it by rewriting that old body parts fave. I can hear it now: Head and shoulders, nipples and moles, nipples and moles, nipples and moles....

12 comments:

  1. Rachel is awesome :-)

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  2. I would pay good money to watch this segment on Sesame Street. We need to be clear about these things.

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  3. I don't think you should have corrected her... much more fun.

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  4. Thankfully you were not out in public! Heh heh.

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  5. oh... what a laugh!

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  6. Rachel is so funny, especially when she's not trying to be :-)

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  7. face nipple! it's a new catch-phrase!
    thank goodness it was in the privacy of your own home and not in the super-market line-up ;)

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  8. Too funny.
    Cutie pie. :)

    Nat

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  9. Becca1:06 AM

    This is even more hilarious for me.
    I am pretty sure that I have tried to clarify this issue with Rachel on at least 3 occasions. Don't be surprised if she keeps calling it a nipple on your chin.

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  10. Your girls are too funny without any effort :)

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