Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Comic Relief

The other day, I was standing in the bathroom in a state of what the French call “deshabillement.”* (I was drying off after a shower.)

My grandson ran into the room and checked out the view. Then he started speaking what sounded like a combination of…oh, I don’t know. Maybe Russian and Afrikaans.

“Zhaykin debootie, Mimi!” he cried earnestly. “Zhaykin debootie!”

I can understand almost everything he says now, but this one had me stumped.

“What, honey?” I asked, puzzled.

With more emphasis: “ZHAYKIN DEBOOTIE!!! Zhaykin debootie, Mimi! Zhaykin debootie!!!”

He was getting more and more frustrated at my inability to comprehend.

I moved closer to him and said, “I’m sorry, James. I don’t understand what you’re trying to tell me.”

Becoming frantic, he screamed, “ZHAY-KIN-DE-BOOTIE! ZHAY-KIN-DE-BOOTIE, MIMI!!!”

For emphasis, he reached up and gave me a little spank.

Suddenly, like a spontaneous revelation, the interpretation of the strange tongue was received.

I laughed so hard that it scared James.

To make up for it, I had to oblige him.

But he’s right.

Sometimes, no matter what,

you just need to

...Shake, shake, shake…shake, shake, shake


(But I’m going to kill whoever taught him to say that.)


(* “naked,” or, as we say in Georgia, “nekkid.”)


"God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me." (Genesis:21:6)

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” (Job 8:21)

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 kjv)




The Dodd Family said...

Mommy!!! we just read this out loud and are dying laughing :) Thanks for this! btw, Charlotte loves singing that song..and I have her paternal grandmother to thank for that one!!!

Laurel said...

I knew upon first reading what the little whippersnapper was saying. I've received similar commands from my own little tyrants.

Allison said...


Nana's News said...

That is hysterical! My grandkids and I do a line dance thru the house (CLOTHED)! that we call the booty dance. The things that we will do for our grandkids!

elizabeth said...

Oh Kim you sre so funny. I have my inspiration for the day. When Laura was 3 she wanted "jim truly out of the pages". i checked w/moms and it was Jem Truly Outrageous, the cartoon. Kids, what can you do???

Ann Bradford said...

Can you say ARNOLD genes!

Cecilia said...

This was so funny! Also loved the mention of Afrikaans as I speak Afrikaans! The 'shake your booty' in Afrikaans is slightly more crude, good thing nobody taught him that... :)