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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things."

We were driving to the mall the other day, each listening to our own chosen musical selection. I had the radio on, and in the passenger seat next to me, T was singing along to something in her iPod, one earbud in and one earbud out.

I wasn't paying too much attention, and then all the sudden* one lyric ended with a forceful, "fuck!"

Me: What did you just say?
T: (repeats the last 3 or 4 words of the song)
Me: T!!!
T: That's what the words to the song are!
Me: (incredulous) I think you just crossed a line that I would prefer you not to cross.

I was serious then, and I stand by it. But I've been thinking about it some. She's 15. I was certainly cussing when I was 15. Not openly in front of my parents, though, which is the part that concerns me.

But why is that, exactly? There is, of course, the issue of respect for parents and elders, but she's not too big on being respectful to me in most other ways, so I'm not sure why this is so important to me. And frankly, if I know she cusses, then isn't it a little silly and/or hypocritical to not allow her to do it in front or me? (Especially given that she likely learned some of it from me).

It seems to me that perhaps if I am realistic about it and let her be open with it, she'll be more likely to be open with me about other things. Then again, I'm not really too keen on driving around while my daughter belts out obscenities in the seat next to me. Maybe I should be more concerned with the fact that her current musical obsession is Anti-Flag.

*Dad says I don't say/use this phrase correctly - oops!


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