Conversation of the Year

Filed under:It's My Life,Mothering — posted by Anwyn on December 31, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

Me, in front seat, speaking of something completely unconnected: “…and that’s how decent people should behave!”

A little, thoughtful voice from the back seat: “Are you a decent girl?”


Happy New Year, everybody.


  1. We’ve lost something. I think only you and one other person in America use the phrase “decent people” because it’s so, um, it’s so, um. I’d say “judgmental” but probably the real word is “un-cool.” If that’s a word.

    As the phrases and wordings evaporate, so do the concepts behind them. When I told my daughter, “That isn’t done,” she doesn’t understand and I wonder where I failed. I didn’t want her to grow up to be a snob, and think I took her the other way. There are standards. And “decent” is a good one.

    Comment by lifepundit — January 1, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

  2. “Tell” not “told.” That just isn’t done.

    Comment by lifepundit — January 1, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

  3. Two other people in America.

    Funny how the little ones keep you honest…many times I’ve shied away from using an overly judgmental term around my kids…and other times, like in a recent discussion of Hamas, I think “yeah, evil is exactly the right word.”

    Because I’m not trying to teach them to be judgmental, but I am trying to teach them good judgement.

    Comment by see-dubya — January 3, 2009 @ 10:19 pm

  4. Amen to that.

    Comment by Anwyn — January 3, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

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