Monday, February 26, 2007


Spelling has always been a challenge for Brother. However, we've started a new curriculum and he has gone from about 30% accuracy to getting 92% correct on his spelling test today. Thrilling.

But vocabulary may be our next area of focus.

While working in his spelling book today, he was to choose a spelling word from his list to correctly correspond with this definition: It has a shell on the outside.

The spelling words were:

The choice is obvious to you and I, but Brother struggled with it and insisted no word from that list fit. I told him to skip that one and go the next question.

Further down the line, the definition was: It means the opposite of bottom.

And Brother wrote "nut".

This is where I sat down to try and figure out his line of reasoning, and I asked him, "Nut is the opposite of bottom?"

"Yeah, Mom," he said, looking kind of sheepish. "You around a penis."

HEL-LO!! My boy is equating "nut" with "testicle". No wonder he didn't understand the whole "shell on the outside" term.

I am SO not ready for this.


Jill said...

I just spit Diet Coke everywhere! That was hilarious...

jen said...

oh my goodness, i have no idea what I'll do if I have sons! How funny!

Your blog makes me laugh a lot. Keep writing!

yerdoingitwrong said...

Oh lordy!!! That was a good laugh for a Monday!

Debby said...

I am reading this at work. I had to hold my hands over my mouth and and my head just about exploded because I'm trying to keep from laughing! That is hilarious! He could hng with my 7-year old who calls boobs "coconuts"

Kyle said...

Yes, Yes, Yes! Thank goodness my son has someone like that as part of his band of 'musketeers.'

Makes perfect sense.

thebarefootpoet said...

Well, yeah, of course. I have a story to tell you, remind me.

C D said...

okay -- for someone who needs ALL the details -- before I read the entire list and saw the obvious choice, I thought, the bell has a sort of shell on the outside, so does a can -- and a spinning top that has an outer protective layer (because that is where I went with the definition). A bullet has a shell, as does a turtle. So take heart... he may need more information before he can give you the answer(s) :-)

*big grin* I'm 39. And I'm just learning that I've not been argumentative all my life, I just need ALL the information possible to me before I can make anything close to resembling a decision; and I still have fence marks in my opposite of top ;-)

Adam Gonnerman said...

My son is 4, going on 5, and he already says things along these lines (in vocab appropriate to his age). Yikes!

Kara said...


Goslyn said...

Oh. My.

That was hilarious. What on earth do you say to that?

tAnYeTTa said...

my son has a fascination with fake and real. he picks up his plastic toys and says is this real or is this fake. i'm not ready for vocabulary words! OMG i love your blog :)

Jessica said...

I have been dreading those moments from the minute the ultrasound tech told me I was having a much to look forward to.

Joyce's Ramblings said...

Those boys will do it every time. What a story.Brings back all sort of memories of my boys.

jen said...

I am just ROFLOL at this one!!!!! TOOOOO funny!

jjofar said...

God just knows when we need a good laugh!! i am cracking up!! so reminds me of my oldest saying that his brain was by his 'wasset' (my only explanation for that word is...weiner and faucet = penis). He said he had seen a picture of a brain and that is what it looked like :) Don't they just keep us rolling!! I love it!

soulreavers said...

that is too good. You are going to need to bookmark that post so that when he first starts dating someone, or at his graduation, you can pull that one up for posterity sake. :)

Jamie said...

That really is blackmail fodder for the dating years- which is why I started my blog, lol. I'm so glad I procrastinated getting my drink, or you'd be owing me a new moniter and keyboard! Thanks for cheering up my rainy day!

Diana said...


Andrea said...

LOL!!! I am so scared of my boy getting bigger.

Your blog is always so funny and so REAL! Keep it up! Makes us other moms feel normal. :)

devi said...

i about spit up!!!!!!! hilarious