Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ping Pong Balls

Remember "All In The Family"? So politically incorrect, but you couldn't help but laugh at Archie Bunker. As the show went on and Archie had a grandson named Joey, I remember that the show was so popular that a baby doll named Joey came on the market. Remember baby Joey? He was anatomically correct and even though I was all grown up with a child of my own, I wanted that doll! I was fascinated that little girls with no brothers would be privy to the anatomy of baby boys.


I was talking to my son today. He is a little perturbed with his middle daughter. They have chosen to use the correct terms for body parts and being the bright little girl that she is, she has sensed that she can use one of the words to really get under Daddy's skin. Her older sister would never even think to do this and now my son is thinking he may have made a mistake naming her body parts. I laughed at him...... it is much fun to watch your kids parenting. I am not big on giving lots of advice or disapproving of anything they do. I just really enjoy celebrating all the ups and downs with them. Easy for me to laugh, as I am not there and she didn't call me a vagina head. This one little girl of his is a character and I love her spunk. She is going to give us all a run for our money.


Made me stroll down memory lane. I wasn't as brave or enlightened as my children. I didn't tell them the correct names of certain body parts, but close enough for anyone to know what they were referring to. My sister-in-law (yeah, that one) chose the term ping-pong for her son to use when referring to his penis. Cute, but if said in public only those who knew them would know what he was referring to. I remember when the very first mall was opening in the small town we lived in. This was quite an event for this town and the rural area surrounding it. The Grand Opening Ceremonies included a helicopter dropping ping-pong balls with numbers either in or on them for a prize drawing. Everybody wanted to go and gather as many balls as they could. My nephew was really confused, though. Poor kid could probably see testicles falling from the sky in his mind's eye........

22 comments:

Mamma has spoken said...

Too Funny!!! Had just the other day a group of students who were talking about the words that mean fart and weither you should or shouldn't say excuse me afterwards. Uhm, sounds like a blog post for sure!

luksky said...

I always taught my kids anatomically correct names for all their body parts. I had a friend who told me I was vulgar to teach my kids "those gross names". I told her I would never tell them their arm or hand was something that it wasn't.

otin said...

I don't remember what I was told to call things, but I remember getting yelled out for saying "Dick" in front of house guests! lol!

Brian Miller said...

lol. sorry, too funny. smiles.

ellen abbott said...

Yeah, having grandkids is the best part of parenting. My daughter came over one day venting about one of the girls. "Surely," she says. "I wasn't that bad at that age!" I just gave her 'the look'. This same child, when she was six, wanted to know where babies came from. I told her, with as few details as possible, that part of the baby came from the mom and part from the dad and then the baby grew in the mom until it was old enough to come out. "Well, how does the dad's part get in the mom", she wanted to know. I just looked at her and then told her as matter of fact as I could that the dad's penis gets hard and he sticks it in the mom's vagina and it comes out that way.

"Oh," she said, turned around and went about her playing.

houndstooth said...

I teach PreK, I've heard a lot of good ones!

Kelly L said...

Very good story - I really like the vagina head...

Love to you,
Kelly
http://www.ivebecomemymother.com

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jojo said...

cute story! I can't wait for my kids to have children...it will be such a pleasure to see them go through these little mishaps...jj

SkippyMom said...

I so remember that doll! What a sensation it caused! I told my kids about it and they laughed ['cause now look at what they see on TV and what they sell, right?]

As for correct vs. cute names for body parts I don't ever say anything - to each their own, but I have to say this "ping pong"? Why didn't she just come out and call them balls. LOL

Alix said...

Vagina head!!!!

That made me snort.

Oh yes, payback is fun.

Kathy G said...

Oh, my. You have me laughing so hard at the thought of testicles falling from the sky....

Dee said...

That's hilarious! And I agree about standing back and watching your kids figure the parenting thing out.It provides endless amusement.

Stephanie said...

Ah, that's so funny!

Eternally Distracted said...

hehehe. My friend used to tell her daughter that her vagina was her flower. one day we were all driving home after a long day with the kids and the young girl was sleeping on the lap of another friend. At one point she sat up and shouted 'I can't sleep because your flower smells'!!

Pat said...

That was a good laugh! Ping-pong? Seriously?

When my son asked me a sex question, instead of just answering it, I went through a whole dissertation about the birds and the bees, being sure to use the correct words. At the end of it I asked if he had any questions. He asked, "Yes. Why are some houses made out of brick?"

Ooookay. Clear as mud I see.

Anil P said...

Left me smiling. Aha, the dilemma of what to teach and what to leave out.

Little ones are anyways programmed to cause mischief, more so if they learn they can get under the skin :-)

Living on the Spit said...

I so needed to laugh like this...Vagina Head. I'm gonna use that one soon...can not wait to hear about more from that gbaby of yours!!!!

Nancy said...

LOL! I was taught in college that children should use the correct terminology for body parts but I never did it with my children. They're very PC, however, and use the correct terms. Vagina Head? Too funny!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

LOL - that is too funny. My friend's children used to refer to their anatomy as their "chicken." I have no idea where that came from. One time, the little girl had been hit by a car (minor injury but took trip to the ER to check her out). At the hospital they put in a catheter and she kept saying her chicken hurt. No one knew what she was saying until they asked the mom to tell them where her chicken was and did it get run over by the car, too.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

Oh - forgot this part...

When I was pregnant with my youngest son, Amy was 4. She asked me if they cut open your belly button to take out the baby. Not really thinking about the question, I replied that sometimes doctors did that. She was silent for a moment and then said, "Well, if they don't cut open your belly button, how does the baby get out?" I let my husband explain it.

In another instance, said baby brother was about 3 years old. My husband in his infinite wisdom decided to teach Keith his body parts and their proper name. One day in the car, Keith decided to sing a new song he'd made up...

"Testicles, testicles, I have testicles..."

I nearly lost my lunch laughing so hard at him.

Meggie said...

Thanks for the smiles!!