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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Chavi Kaufman - on Valentines Day

Today I went for a walk with my daughter Chavi Kaufman (not her real name.)
When we passed by a house with some pretty serious V-Day decorations she looked quite impressed.
"Very Creative" she said.
"I know about Valentines Day." she continued "That's when Jesus shoots Christians in the butt with an arrow and makes them fall in love."

It was hard to know where to start on that one...
We've got it all squared away now though... and we don't say "butt."

17 Comments:

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Ayelet said...

Funny. How old is Chavi? And what did you answer?

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger Elie said...

That's one for "Kids Say the Darndest Things!" Notwithstanding the naughty word, CK has it pegged!

This reminds me of how Valentines Day gets under my skin worse than Christmas. I'll plan to write about it on Tuesday.

 
At 1:22 AM, Blogger Ger Tzadik said...

Is 'butt' really a naughty word? On the scale of 1 to 10 naughty, I always pegged it at a 2, with 'tush' and 'bottom' being a 1.

 
At 2:22 AM, Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der ┼íteg) said...

ROTFL!

but(t)... but(t)...

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger Scraps said...

Hehehe...where do kids get these ideas from? Silly child, it's CUPID, not JC! :-P

And I remember when the "b-word" was a naughty word to say, though I think by the time I was twelve my parents let it slide.

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Mirty said...

Yes. That's exactly it.

Wise child.

 
At 12:13 PM, Blogger Eliyahu said...

most likely she inherited her insightful abilities from her mom!

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Little Wolf said...

Hopefully O'Reilly won't hear about this story or Chavi may find herself being reported on as one of the prime mover's in the War on Valentines Day. After all we can't have our American traditions (you know any excuse to get plastered) go to the wayside by people not understanding what the 'true' meaning of the holiday is.

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger Stephen said...

That's a different way of thinking about it! Cute!

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

That is very funny.

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

"Is 'butt' really a naughty word?"

No. But it's a gateway word.

 
At 7:36 PM, Blogger The back of the hill said...

That explanation is perfect. Shouldha left her thinking that.

Now, can you get her to say what the keester bunny is?

 
At 7:47 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

Whew - what a day it's been...
Lookit all these here comments!
Let me get to some responsa!

Ayelet-
Chavi is a young seven.
She is a well spoken young lady with a very blurry barier between fantasy and reality. We talk about a lot of things, mythology, Christianity, the commercialization of holidays... it was a nice chat.

Elie - looking forward! I can't imagine why it bothers you MORE Xmas is the most invasive holiday I can imagine!

Ger- Yes, there are far worse words than Butt, but (hehe) I still think it's rude (especially coming out of the mouth of a child.)

Steg- Don't make me send you to your room!

Scraps- when I gave her a funny look she said - "Wait was it Jesus or Cupid?"

Mirty - She is actually but in a very offbeat way.

Eliyahu - Awww Shucks, but I'm not so sure that was really an "insight."

LW- I won't tell if you won't tell!

Jack and Stephen - thanks! Stephen are you new to the blog? Welcome!

SW - That is EXACTLY what I think - and it might lead to mixed dancing!

Back of the Hill - While it's very funny to let your kids believe all kinds of crazy things it eventually comes back to bite you: in public in the most embarressing manner imaginable!

 
At 1:40 AM, Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

"SW - That is EXACTLY what I think - and it might lead to mixed dancing!"

...either that, or building a raft on shabbos.

 
At 9:01 PM, Blogger Ger Tzadik said...

Wow, gateway words that lead the mixed dancing. Confused metaphor jokes are the best.

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

Huh? Is someone confused here? And what's a metaphor

 
At 9:03 PM, Blogger Balabusta in Blue Jeans said...

Putting together all the available data, it's not a bad interpretation. Please remember, the last iconography of an infant shown in stores was the newborn Jesus, back at Christmastime, and Cupid is, in current pop art invariably shown as an baby, not the small boy you often see in classical or Renaissance art. (Which makes more sense. What is a baby doing running around playing with a bow, anyway?)

Smart kid.

 

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