He ran across the living room and hurled himself face-first onto the couch, whined into the cushions, then slid down onto the floor like a boneless chicken cutlet. I said, "Dude! What's wrong?"
He said, "I don't want to go to that wedding."
"Why not?" I asked.
"Because it's too dignicating."
"It's too what?" I asked.
He repeated, "Because it's too dignicating."
(I'm just spelling the word the way it sounded when he said it. I am not sure if that's how it's correctly spelled in his Hank lexicon.)
I said, "What is dignicating?"
He said, "It is something that you don't wanna do." Then he sighed.
The thing is, if I were a kid, I'd be exasperated with parents too, because we ask questions for which we already know the answers. I knew exactly what "dignicating" meant the first time he said it: it obviously means a situation that imposes a state of unwanted dignity and correctness in dress, behavior, or decorum. The etymology of his coinage was perfectly clear, like Sarah Palin's "refudiate." Yet I wouldn't have guessed that Hank knew or even half knew "dignified" or "dignity." But I guess he does?
Watching kids acquire language is my second favorite part of this parenting biz. My most favorite part is eating the leftover mac and cheese off their plates.
I coaxed him into the khakis, which still fit. And he went to the church nursery with his cousins during the ceremony, where I trust he was not overly dignicated. He did sit nicely through the rehearsal dinner the night before. He sat there like a dream through people making toasts, quietly dignicating some dessert.
Here are a few more snaps from the wedding weekend I wanted to share. I go out of town for two days and you have to hear about it all week. I know!
Here Matt is sporting Laura's feather hair barrette, which she'd tired of and clipped to his shirt. I told him he looked like he'd been decorated by a really awesome chivalric order.
|Me with my dad, known to blog readers as Camp Papa.|
|Debbie, my very own mom.|
|Kate, adorable sister-in-law.|
|Shorties got low.|
|Color scheme was apple green and pink. Preppy!|
I hope you are having a good week with little dignication.