Go to Hell!
Evidently, this simple three-word phrase is heavily frowned upon in some places.
Especially in Bible Belt country.
And especially when used by a child.
How do I know this?
Well, from recent experience, of course.
I honestly don’t believe that is, by any stretch of the imagination, the worst thing a person could possibly say.
At the same time, I also don’t personally go around telling all my friends to go to hell…
Plenty of people struggle to speak a single, coherent sentence without the added flair of numerous, strategically placed curse words.
I am not one of those people.
Yes, I do occasionally use such words here on my blog for comedic impact.
But not in my everyday conversations.
And certainly not when speaking to my kids.
My child-free brother, on the other hand, ironically tends to pepper his speech so heavily with curse words that nobody even seems to notice anymore.
Or my kids.
It’s like our brains have been trained to filter through to register only the important information.
In fact, I asked my sons whether they ever notice their uncle cursing.
After careful consideration, they both answered at once:
But then my older one paused for a brief moment before correcting himself.
Well, there was that one time, on Easter.
And on Easter, of all days?
But that was more a question of curiosity, on my part.
Besides, my poor Easter-cursing brother lives too far away to be all that big of an influence.
If anything, YouTube is by far the bigger offender of the two.
It’s paradoxically helpful and a bad influence, all at once.
Damn it, YouTube!
This past Monday, I received a somber phone call from the assistant principal informing me that my little darling would be spending the entire day in in-school suspension for this uncharacteristic transgression.
I had to marvel at the severity of the consequence.
And, of course, I also had to question how that statement had even come about in the first place.
So-and-so said “hi!” to me in a weird voice.
So I told him to “go to hell”!
Because I can’t imagine any other plausible way to respond to such an appalling greeting.
And the best part?
That’s actually the kid’s real voice.
And, the child seemed to find this response humorous enough to laugh.
The joys of middle school.
The struggle of trying to figure out who you are.
The struggle of trying to discover where you belong.
The struggle of simply trying to fit in.
This, evidently, is where the smartypants humor kicks in.
Who doesn’t love the class clown?
I know I’m a sucker for humor.
If someone makes me laugh, they’re my friend for life.
There’s no escaping my friendship.
That’s pretty much all there is to it.
At any rate, I had to attend a conference at school the next morning.
And I had to put on real pants before going, because it seemed like it would probably be a good day to do so.
Perhaps I should’ve worn my World’s Okayest Mom shirt, too, but I didn’t think about it beforehand.
At least I didn’t burst out in laughter at any point during the meeting.
But I wonder if I should’ve pointed out that Hell is also a place in Michigan, and so perhaps my child was merely recommending a vacation idea…?
Or perhaps not.
At least this makes for good writing material, right?
If Hell is a place in Michigan…
Is it okay to tell someone to go to Michigan?
On a side note, maybe we really ought to go to Hell…
Hell, Michigan, that is.
Hey, you have to admit, it does sound rather intriguing…
~Happy weekend, everyone! Hope you all have a heavenly break from it all!~