Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Code Talkers

As parents, we're often compelled to communicate in code, preserving the wee ones' blissful ignorance of adult complexities and concerns. When the kids were younger, we could just spell, but Louise's blossoming literacy has put an end to that. My grandmother used to gossip in French, but sadly, my French is very bad, so our secret communiques would be limited to stunted observations about croissants and hats. So what are we left with? Baroque obfuscation.

Example: The kids were hungry and cranky, we were sick, the fridge was empty. We negotiated possible solutions in code talk:
"What about 'Joyous Meals from the Donald of Scotland'?"
Which is to say: McDonald's Happy Meals.

Fellow parents, what code solutions do you use?*

* A couple of teachers I used to work with texted each other anything they didn't want the students to overhear.


  1. Anonymous11:37 AM

    Bad German.

  2. Anonymous9:32 AM

    This made me laugh out loud! Love it! My children are young, so it's not an issue as of yet, but we used to have to use code with my sisters dog, Max. He knew how to spell WALK, so when we were deciding to go or not we would have to say, WOK.