So I declared that I was going to soak in the hot tub. It was the first reasonably warm day in a while (it was about 30), so I was willing to brave the snow and ice despite the increased level of pain. The Childrens, of course, followed. The Mrs. eventually showed up as well. We were all in there for a while, then MaxieC started to get sleepy (it was 9:30 at night), so The Mrs. took him in to put him to bed.
After they were gone, HannahC turned to me with a very serious face:
HannahC: "Dah. I'm going to ask you a very grownup question."On an unrelated note, I think I finally got my tire chains sized properly so that they don't fall off when I'm running the snowblower. I had to remove parts. I learned how form a YouTube video.
Me, CherkyB: "Uh. OK."
HannahC: "Now, if you don't know, I want you to tell me you don't know. I don't want you to just make something up. If you say you know, I'm going to ask you to tell me how you know. You understand?"
Me, CherkyB: "Yup."
HannahC: "You know in A Christmas Story when Ralphie yells, 'Fudge!' and gets in a lot of trouble, only he didn't actually say 'fudge', do you know what the word was that he actually said?"
Me, CherkyB: "Yes, I do."
HannahC: "What was it?"
Me, CherkyB: "I can't tell you."
HannahC: "Why not?"
Me, CherkyB: "Well, you're just a little kid, and it's not a nice word to say, and I'm not going to teach it to you. You'll learn it soon enough."
HannahC: "What does it mean?"
Me, CherkyB: "Well, it actually has an awful lot of different meanings. Like when Ralphie says it, it mean 'Drat', but if you use it with 'up' it can mean 'mess', like 'mess up', and it has a lot of other meanings, too. It's very versatile."
HannahC: "Do you ever say it?"
Me, CherkyB: "Oh yeah. I say it all the time at work."