I was working in the garden spreading some old dirt around. There were large roots in it that I thought looked like guts.
“Guts” I said. “Hey Ella, I’m going to say a bad word.”
“Guts. Guts guts guts.” (This line is from the movie Ramona and Beezus, which Ella was very familiar with at the time. In the movie, everyone laughs because guts is not a bad word. Which is why it is funny in the first place.)
“Hey Mom, I’m going to say a bad word.”
“What word, Ella?”
“What the? Ella, don’t say that word. That’s not funny — that is a bad word.”
I wrote that a few years ago, when Ella was five. I never published it. I don’t know why. Maybe I was embarrassed that my five year old princess had a sailor’s mouth. Good thing she was awfully cute…