Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Flying the Coop

*This is being written as a tribute to the relationship that Mother's have with their Daughter's and more specifically, when these young ladies leave for college. (as is the case for Teresa and Kayla)

My daughter, who left me 4 & 1/2 years ago, finished college, moved to a big city and is one of the more treasured people in my life. If someone were to ask me...,"What was the one thing you found had changed the most in her?"...I would have to reply, her modesty. My sweet girl left; a body covering, discretionary using, reserved little child and returned without an ounce of her modesty in tact. And that is all that needs to be said about that. So my subject matter is mainly going to fall on the discussion of 'body parts' and how we refer to them...

When my Mother was growing up in the 5o's, they had no private body parts. I know this because my Grandmother (Meme`re) never spoke of them. If they needed to be addressed, 'pointing with the act of a raised eyebrow' was the communicative choice. Now, my mother was sure that her girls were not going to be raised in this ancient fashion. So, we grew up with Tee Tee's , La La's and Ding Dong's. There was no miscommunication in our house hold. When I became a mother, I felt so liberated using the word breasts, but I must confess that Tee Tee and Po Po did get passed down to my children, along with some other cute, childlike phrases.

When my daughter returned from college, she brought with her a couple of well earned degree's and a new vocabulary to teach her mother. "Mom...this is a V a g i n a and that is called a P e n i s." I covered my ears with my hands and shuttered. Who told her this?! "And M o m, when I have children of my own, they will learn these words too!" So, it's true, and not just something that happens in a movie. My granddaughter will one day point down and say, "this is my bagina" and I am going to have to smile and whisper, "yes, honey, that is your Tee Tee."

(I was tagged this week to do a meme on books...as soon as blogger will let me...I will meme away :)


Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

OMG, i am cracking up, Dar.

oh...and you left out "winky".

i love you a bushel and a peck,
lil sis

10:13 AM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

*still laughing*

funny you!

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

Ohhh Darlene, you are awesome!! Oh dear-me-oh-my what will my daughter come home with??? She is into theater so she just may learn some very colorful things from those artsy types.

We have secret words for our ummm, well you know parts too (heehee). You are one hilirious chick!!

Loving you!!

10:39 AM  
Anonymous your little one said...

you also forgot Lillys. I remember when Grandma and others commented on how my Lillys were blooming... embrassing!! they are my breasts.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Romina Bacci said...

hahahahaha !!!!!

i love ALL of you girls, you're so funny...


11:17 AM  
Blogger Romina Bacci said...

to you 'girl with the blooming Lillys', you have such a lovely and funny mom!!!!!!!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

Phew! Boho gal beat me to it! Me having two boys, "winky" was the word and when I went to a flea market and found a vase that said "winkie" on it I just had to buy it! We all laughed, it still is in the boy's room full of pocket change! I wonder what a real winkie was! Does anyone know? I don't think someone would mean winky would they??!!when they made a vase LOL and we must have liked "W" words because the female part was "Woosie" Phew! You gave my daughter and me a laugh, Darlene! Thanks! lil' darlin! and don't forget your Bongos!!!

1:55 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

Well you dont have to call it a Tee Tee.
My sisters and I have a word its "nooonie"... my sister made it up. And it is not often used.
I am a "vagina" and "penis" girl too.
Your humour rocks sister.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous annie said...

this cracks me up...with my girls "it" was always called a tuu-tuu...everything was just fine with that until my oldest daughter started school...she came runnig home crying...i barely go it out of her but the school play was coming up and the kindergarteners were going to be dancing bears....yep you guessed it...they had to wear pink TUU-TUU's...time for a new work...i think we went to nuu-nuu...and for the boys...talleywacker!!!!

8:24 PM  
Blogger bb said...

tee-tee?!!! tee-hee!!!
x x x x x

9:56 AM  

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