October 07, 2004

What a Hassle!

We had some chimney sweeps in cleaning and inspecting the chimney. The news on which isn't all that great, but it is over 80 years old and originally designed for coal, so I guess we're lucky it works at all. That isn't the real point though, if that matters.

While the workmen were here, my darling little daughter decided to latch on to the word hassle and say it over and over and over again -- quite loudly. Her father and I probably say, "What a hassle!" rather frequently, being the types who hate being bothered -- or at least complain about it amongst ourselves before doing whatever is necessary. And so she hears all about these hassles. While I think The Girl generally speaks pretty clearly for her age, that h-sound is still not very distinct and so you would swear she's yelling a word that shouldn't be crossing such sweet little lips. It was especially nice when she started telling me that everyone in the family was a hassle. "Daddy 'assle. Brudder 'assle. Dog 'assle."

I wonder what the chimney sweeps thought we'd been saying in front of her.


Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: Earth Girl at October 7, 2004 08:24 PM

Hassle: everyone's got one!

I'm sure the sweeps thought more about your daughter's "cutie-ness quotient" than a possible naughty word. Hope they did not find any leaks, since those can be expensive to repair.

Posted by: MarcV at October 7, 2004 09:04 PM

LOL; my brother had trouble pronoucing the phoneme tr, it came out as F. This was in the days before all cars were air conditioned; so we would be zooming past the traffic and my bro would be loudly proclaiming LOOK AT ALL THE F(tr)UCKS n CARS!

Posted by: Rachel Ann at October 8, 2004 02:47 AM

All I know is if I were writing a poem, I'd rhyme hassle with Tom Daschle...

Posted by: LittleA at October 8, 2004 08:56 AM

With or without the "h", Little A?

Posted by: Jordana at October 8, 2004 09:23 AM



Posted by: LittleA at October 8, 2004 10:49 AM

LOL. Thanks for brightening my day. And it has already been pretty good.

Posted by: ben at October 8, 2004 03:39 PM

You know, sometimes I'm so slow. It took Patricia at OotFP to get me back over here. Once I got some sleep in me, it's hilarious!

Posted by: Melissa at October 10, 2004 01:44 PM

My big bro got in big trouble for that on the schoolbus. He was much older, though, and I'm sure that the driver would have known what he actually said, had (s)he actually been listening, but that is more easily said than done with a busful of schoolchildren. I think that was poor Ehren's only detention.

Posted by: Lenise at October 10, 2004 04:25 PM

Melissa, I _hope_ you followed my careful instructions before coming over here! ;-)

Posted by: Patricia Tryon at October 10, 2004 09:06 PM