Look at this sweet angelic face.
Now spend a few minutes as a fly on the wall at our house these days and you might hear, straight from the mouth of this angelic babe:
Damn shit bucket fucks!
ALL DAY LONG
Out of cocoa ingredients?
Damn shit in a bucket fuckballs!
Little bit of spilled water?
Going to sleep at the end of a long day?
I'm tired as hell but I'm also hell shit thirsty. And damn that! Fucking shit hell... grumble, grumble... thirsty.
Excited about a new turn in a imaginative game with your sister?
Struggling to find a new engaging activity?
Bored fucking bored balls, bored fucking bored balls, bored fucking bored balls...
That's the theme music around these parts. Echo is sowing her wild oats in the swearing department. From sunup to sundown any opportunity for a well-placed expletive is seized wholeheartedly. Echo is no stranger to colorful language, I posted about it the first time here and stirred up a little cyber-ire. And you don't have to look far to discover where she might have picked up these choice words as her parents certainly let fly when need arises, but the commitment to fill her sentences chock-full of as many shit, fucks, and craps as she can is all her own.
I'm not worried about it.
Last night I made a neutral comment, saying that I noticed she was using a lot of swear words these days. I asked her why.
Echo: Well... I just feel cool... and I like the words shitfuckcrapbucket.
Me: Is it hard for you not to say them out in the world?
Me: But you don't say them...
Echo: Yeah, 'cuz people wouldn't like that. And... it would kind of be like pulling my pants down in public and shouting: LOOK AT MY VAGINA!.
Me: You mean... inappropriate?
This is why I am not worried. This girl's sense of empathy for others is seriously heightened. Her care for how others feel is so acute that she can unleash shitcrapfuckbucket a hundred times at home and reign it in completely in public. And the best part is that rules have nothing to do with it! We didn't have to threaten her with a mouth full of soap or give her the evil eye in public, with a little information over the years about some people feeling sensitive to particular words, she has chosen to self-regulate. She even goes so far as to include idiot, stupid, and dumb from her public vocabulary - something that I think we all might consider even though they don't land on the official "swear word" list.
At home she checked in with each of us individually, to see if we would mind a spurt of serious cussing, and having gotten clearance, she is letting loose.
Darn shit bucket fucks.
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