So far Isobel hasn’t picked up any bad swearing habits from either Anthony or I but we know our days of unfettered swears are numbered. She already copies my manner of speech and different phrases. Lately she has been saying, “OH NO” just like Mama when something goes wrong. Often when I greet her and say, “Hi, baby!” she responds with an enthusiastic “Hi, baby!” right back. She mimics everything we do.
When Anthony was a toddler his Grandma got to experience his first swear. When something would go wrong Anthony would very quietly mumble to himself, “Oh shit.”
My parents rarely swear but two things used to set my Mom off: 1. driving in traffic and 2. typing on a manual typewriter. The typewriter would especially make her swear, but thank goodness that’s not an issue anymore. I don’t remember swearing at all as a child so she must not have done it very much around me. Which is funny because, unlike my parents or anyone I grew up around, I now swear like a sailor.
I need to find some good substitute words before I pass this habit on to my impressionable toddler.
We’re currently trying to guess what Isobel’s first swear will be.
My money’s on the phrase GODDAMMIT, JUPITER!