20 July 2009

Michael This, Michael That

We were in the car and out of nowhere, Josh asked, “Mommy, what are the names of the dead people?”

Me: (Thinking to myself, What dead people?!) Uh, they all have different names.

Josh: Is Jillian Michael [sic] dead?

Me: (What?!) Huh? Who?

Josh: Jillian Michael [sic]. Is she dead?

Me: No, she’s not. Do you even know who she is?

Josh: No. So she’s not dead? Who died?

Then it hit me. There had been some mention of Michael Jackson around the house when he died a few weeks ago. Josh must have overheard us talking about it and had confused Michael Jackson with Jillian Michaels, whom he has heard me mention in relation to the 30-Day Shred.

Me: Michael Jackson died. Jillian Michaels did NOT die. She’s the one that’s in the Shred DVD, remember?

Josh: Ah. I thought it was Jillian Michaels. So, Michael Jackson died?

Me: Yes, he did.

Thankfully, he didn’t pursue it further. I am not sure if I am ready to discuss death yet.


It’s funny the information that sticks. Yet another reminder to really watch what we say around the kids.


a Tonggu Momma said...

Absolutely... and death is such a difficult topic to cover when they are young. We definitely learned that this year.

Leslie said...

sooo true!!! they are sponges!

Veronica Lee said...

Soooo true!! The worst part is when they repeat what they hear to others. My hubby and I are now very, very careful with what we say in front of the boys!!!

Wanda said...

Death has become a bit of an obsession with my Dahlia because we have lost so many people (and a pet) since she's been with us. It has, however, given us an opportunity to fully explain it to her rather than it being something rattling around in the back of her head.

This discussion is a good thing (tough for us though) - it has to be done.

JennyMac said...

So spot on...they absorb every little word. Yesterday a Dad at the playground said "that sucks" and next thing you know, three little 2 year olds...that suckssssssssssss that suckssss.

Thanks idiot Dad....

Glad you got to side-step this convo. At least for now.

Lindy said...

He probably heard you tell Jillian to just die while you were doing the shred!

golonghorns said...

I was just thinking about how to discuss this with my four year old. They do pick up on everything! Visiting from Sugar and Spice after her bento post. I think you probably have a bunch of bento resources in your area.

Tess said...

Kids are sponges and if you arent careful, they'll soak up alot of bad stuff!

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DawnS said...

You are so right. Rylee came up to me today and said Mama I don't want you to get dead, please don't get dead and old! And then she buried her face in my shoulder. I said "what are you doing Ry?" She said "I try to cryin right now!" and she did try :) We talked about it a little, but it's so hard to know what and how much to say!!

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