Thursday, May 7, 2009

It's Happened

I've become my parents.

I now correct my children whenever lousy grammar escapes their lips--I'm on high alert in Indiana with it being so rampant out here.

Unfortunately, Alex has no intention of holding himself to a higher grammatical standard. When I correct him, he actually has the gall to reject my correction and REPEAT the very sentence (or sentence fragment) he said incorrectly. It goes something like this:

Alex: Mom, her was hitting me.
Kaila ("Mom"): You mean SHE was hitting you?
Alex: NO! HER was hitting me!

Even Noah has joined my plight--in fact it was he that told me to start correcting the kids in the first place.

Some things Indiana can keep to itself.

4 comments:

  1. Actually, my earliest memories of being corrected on my grammar come from my days of being a Hoosier. And it was a similar sentence. I said something like, "Her doesn't want to." Dad looked at me with a withering, appalled gaze. He expressed concern about my choice of friends, then said, "You mean SHE doesn't want to." However, Wednesday when I was with Dad at dialysis, he said, "Me and mom were going to..." and I gave he exactly the same look he had given me some fifty years ago. "I mean," he said sheepishly, "Mom and I..." The circle of life... (Music comes in now.)

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  2. What about "might could", " I ain't," and "we was," these are all Utah originals that our kids are starting to use. Brett corrects Anna every time she says that she "ain't gonna" do something. I just laugh because she refuses to be bossed around or corrected. I ain't wasting my time, she'll figure it out!

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