January 21, 2013


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.
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