Last night, I went to grab a snack from our kitchen pantry and a box of Oatmeal Creme Pies screamed out to me. It wasn’t because they are delicious either (although they are). I immediately feel nostalgic whenever I see them because my youngest son used to call them “Pie Cookies.” How adorable is that?
Just the other day, one of my friends asked a question on Facebook about correcting your kids when they say certain words in an amazingly adorable way. My feeling is that you let them go as long as you can without putting them in an awkward social situation later in life. Let’s be honest. It’s not cute when an adult says certain words.
Anyway, as I was munching on my “pie cookie,” I started thinking about some of the other words that my kids haven’t been able to pronounce over the years and how they still make me smile whenever I hear them. Here are some of my personal favorites:
1) “Ketchup Animals” became “Kapatch Aminals.” Okay, so my son never tried to say “Ketchup Animals.” They were two separate words that he couldn’t pronounce when he was two. About eight years ago, I was trying to up with an original name for my fantasy football team and I somehow decided to combine my two favorites words that he couldn’t pronounce. Eight years later, Kapatch Aminals has made two Super Bowl appearances and is still running strong. As a matter of fact, I’ve had four different t-shirts printed with the name on it.
2) “Kubota” became “K-doba.” My parents own a Kubota. The best way to describe it is that it’s kind of like a mix between a golf cart and an ATV (all terrain vehicle). My kids love riding it around it on my parents’ property. I do too. Anyway, the other day, my daughter was talking riding it and called it a “K–doba.“ Maybe she was thinking about eating at Qdoba. I’m not sure. My wife and I got a good laugh out of it. It was precious.
3) “Yogurt” became “o-gurt.” My youngest son really likes yogurt but he mistakenly calls it “o-gurt.” I’ll tell him to say “yo” and then “gurt” but he inevitably calls it “o-gurt” the next time.
My kids make me laugh almost every day. This is why I love being a dad.