As a kid I thought it was funny to create sentences that nobody in the history of the world had ever said before. For example, can you imagine someone has ever uttered the phrase:
Applying eye liner to my sister’s zebra makes me happier than spreading ants on my grandma’s birthday cake
All fairly common words, yet possibly the first time they’ve been assembled in this fashion. Making sense isn’t the key. You just have to be the first person to create the sentence using common words.
I’m not sure what this says about my childhood, but this is the type of activity that would keep me occupied for hours. I’m not embarrassed to admit what I did in my youth, but I’m hesitant to say I still play this game when I’m in the car. Alone.
But the more our kids grow the more I find myself uttering sentences that sound weird and oftentimes inappropriate if taken out of context. And I wonder if those games I played in my youth were merely practice for when kids came along.
It’s to the point now where I’ll say something and only later think back and ponder how it came to be that saying, “Get your hands out of your butt” seemed appropriate at the time.
Over the last week I’ve also said, “Don’t lick your sister’s ear” and “Please don’t bite your brother’s toenails”. I didn’t’ think twice when I used those words. Yet in hindsight, someone may read this and wonder if our family is a bunch of cannibals.