Growing up, my Mum was the queen of prim and proper.
We didn't say bum or fart or damn.
Smut was not funny and swear words would earn you a cake of sunlight soap of afternoon tea.
So you can imagine my surprise when the kids farewelled her one day with "see you later alligator" and she replied "don't forget your toilet paper".
The next line was the kicker
"at the zoo, kangaroo
don't step in the doggie poo!"
My weekday church-going Mum joking about excrement? Was she losing her faculties? Should I hold an
The girls, of course, thought Nan's rhyme was hilarious because poo is funny when you're not quite eight. (It apparently becomes funny again after your sixty sixth birthday).
It caught on and soon we were inappropriately farewelling people in all kinds of unsuitable locations. When we dropped the canine dung clanger at day care, I knew I needed to find an antidote to Nan's naughty ways.
I set about collating non-faecal farewells. Replies that might be suitable when used at the doctors office or the library (or pretty much anywhere else that I hoped to show my face again).
The result is this cute printable - perfect for kindys, classrooms and the fridges of mums with caca-obsessed children. You can download it here.
Feel free to email, tweet, blog and pass this printable around the web … but please don’t alter any of its contents when you do. Thanks!
Time will tell if my approach is successful but I'm also a realist. I figure any day free from a faecal farewells is a good day!
Are your kids preoccupied with poo?
Did I miss any beastly farewells?