As I have mentioned in the past, I have what one might refer to as, "a potty mouth." Since becoming a parent, I have worked hard to refrain from using foul language. We even introduced a new family rule in the Ross household.
And for the most part, I have been doing really well. One area that has always been challenging is driving. I used to yell and curse regularly at other drivers. Believe me, they always deserved it.
I didn't engage in road rage behavior or make lewd gestures. I simply shouted my feelings about the other person's driving skills or behavior. When I'm alone in my car, who's going to hear me?
Trouble is, I am rarely alone in my vehicle anymore. Most times I have a young, impressionable passenger. So I started to simply call all the bad drivers I encountered, "Dude." As in:
"Aw, dude, what are you doing?!"
"Thanks a lot, dude!"
"Way to go, dude!"
"What kind of driving is that, dude?!"
I don't yell these things. I simply say them in my normal voice. It seems a reasonable alternative; it enables me to get out my frustrations without exposing my child to bad words or behavior on my part.
So the other day, we were driving to school and a car cut me off. From the back seat, SB goes, "That person is a DUDE!"
I could not. stop. laughing.