Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Adverbs and Butts

Today I played "Mad Libs" with two ten year olds. First, I had to find out what an adverb was. I knew it had something to do with verbs, but whatever. And who remembers what a predicate is? Useless stuff we learn in elementary just to forget when we're old and we need to prove to our ten year old that we're smart. I do remember the important life-changing stuff like the life-cycle of a caterpillar.

Mimi and her BFF didn't have a problem with nouns. Especially with using "butt" or "butt cheeks" or "butt crack" and speaking of lines, I had to draw the line at "butt hole." Then there were "boogers" and "poo". I tried to set a good example of words that didn't come from the bathroom. Yeah, right. Our stories were hilarious and the less they made sense the funnier the girls thought they were.

We love games at my house. Seth will bring his friends home and beg me to play "Scattergories" with them. It becomes very competitive. Friendly debates erupt because I have had 20 more years or more of life experience to increase my vast vocabulary. Even with teenage boys, I have to draw the line and tell a few of them to keep it clean. (Boys are so vile sometimes.) There have been challenges for words that we have the Internet ready to Google and some have even lost money. There was Cordon's word that started with a "D" that was an animal. We challenged the two point word "dik dik". Sure enough, there is a dik dik.
For toiletries/cosmetics and with the letter "S" I wrote down "sanitary napkin" as my answer. I was challenged by five teen aged boys. "That doesn't make sense." "Sanitary is a description, it's not part of the word." I told them to call their mothers. We looked it up and sure enough - there was a photo of a sanitary sanitary napkin. They were still murmuring as I gave myself a point.

19 comments:

Kristina P. said...

When I was in elementary school, we played naughty Mad Libs. Didn't even know what most of the words meant. My parents found them, and called my friend's parents, and they sat down with us and explained to us what we were saying. I will never forget that.

One Cluttered Brain said...

sanitary napkin? HAHA! Way to go. And good for U for giving yourself a point...

10 yr olds will be 10 yr olds..boogers, poo, butt butt butt...


Love you Krista babe!

Lisa said...

I remember the days of the "special maturation movie" that we sat through red faced and slunched over with our mothers. Many, many references to sanitary napkins that were attached to belts. Dark times. Glad you won. At least they were good for something.

Saimi said...

When the boys were little the favorite game to play was yahtzee but now it's Dominos. I've learned never challenge a 94 year old grandma who claims she can save her spot before her turn.

Donda said...

True story. My good friend was a teenage mother in the 70's. Her mother sent her father to the store when she was discharged from the hospital for sanitary napkins. He brought home an economy pack of dinner napkins! LMAO I love that story!

Leenie said...

Group of friends/family around a table with a good game is the BEST. We played Apples to Apples until we 'bout fell off our chairs. Made it even better by adding our own clues e.g. "bill's belly button lint." Boogers, fart and butt etc.--part of the game.

MBGITWWR said...

I just stumbled upon your lovely blog and I'm excited to catch up on the humor. Thanks!

T said...

ummm... should I be embarrassed that I totally know what a predicate is? I love to play mad libs, I even sent out a Mad Lib Christmas Letter one year to my friends and family...hmmmm... there's a post in there somewhere :)

and the very idea of using the word Sanitary Napkin with my boys and their friends makes me want to pull out the old Scattergories game as soon as they get back from Scout camp!

Teachinfourth said...

Adverbs? Perhaps I can help you out with this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWYmEICNgOQ

You're welcome...

Krista said...

Teachinfourth - that was indubitably the best song about adverbs ever! Where are those brain worms when you need them?

Teachinfourth said...

Being a teacher, sometimes they just click in…but sometimes it's still too late because the idea comes a day late.

BTW, there will be no Part 5…that is it for photos of my last trip. However, I will be posting those which somehow slipped through the cracks over the past two years. Combined together, they make a good post.

Good to see you again.

Garden of Egan said...

Hmmmm, I think you must play dirty!
Sanitary napkins to two boys????
YOU ROCK!!!!!
I wish you were my mom.

Sherrie said...

I am your newest follower. Your post is hysterical. I am the mother of three boys and worse yet a middle school math teacher. I know all about those corrupted kids. ROTFL at your adverb comment.

http://mylifewithboys.blogspot.com/

Kari said...

Just wait until you get to the story of two Elders (missionaries) who "discovered absorbing underarm protection" under the sink after they took over an apartment previously rented by the Sister missionaries! Now THAT'S sanitary usage at its best!

Holly said...

SO FUNNY!! But I was TOTALLY LOOKING for the accompanying photo... you know... like that of the dik dik!! LOL!! ;p

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

That is one adorable dik dik - surely it is a far more eye pleasing googling experience than sanitary napkins!

Holly said...

I gave you the "Sugar Doll" Award on my Monday July 12 post of http://www.diamondpotential.com/

barbjan10 said...

Hi, Just found this blog...and Krista, you've already got me laughing! Humor is so good for the health...and healing. I enjoy laughing. I don't know if this book is still being offered as a giveaway, but I really wish I had a copy now. I need a very good healthy laugh!! Just saying.

Blessed Be in Christ,
Barb Shelton
Arlington, TX
barbjan10@tx.rr.com

MommyJ said...

dude, if sanitary is just a description, and NOT part of the word, does that mean we could substitute, say like a picnic napkin for the same purpose? A paper napkin? A cocktail napkin? I can tell you for sure I wouldn't want to be around if someone in need of a sanitary napkin made such a substitution.

Oh brother. Now I'm the one being vile.