Using Their Words

Gold Can Stay

We were so, so good.

I mean, really good.

Though our vocabularies as perennial students were certainly “academic,” it is safe to say that for the longest time they were also rather “colorful.”

My husband and I could swear with the best of them.  And though it’s nothing in which I take particular pride, it is safe to say we could fit in nicely—at least conversationally– with any group of metaphorical sailors.

But everything changed in August 2004 with the arrival of our first son.

We made a commitment to stop swearing—completely.  And like anyone who quits anything cold turkey, we were unabashedly horrified if anyone deigned to utter an off-color word or phrase within earshot of our tiny, impressionable boy.

Our steadfastness to this new mode of expression continued unfailingly through the arrival of our second son in 2005 and our third in 2009.   And while disuse didn’t diminish…

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