Last night as I was cleaning up dinner and packing school lunches for today, Graham perched on one of the stools and showed me the book he had made after school. His class has been learning about the solar system and he is (more than) a little bit about it. He started telling me random facts, as he is prone to do, like how Pluto is now a dwarf planet and scientists think there may have been water on Mars and that one day he was going to be an astronaut and walk on the Moon and Mars.
There was some silence as he flipped through the pages of his book and then he said something profound.
Uranus has tiny rings around it.
I put down the knife that I was using to cut the cheese (Ha!) and started shaking with laughter. He asked me why I was laughing so hard and then I started laughing even harder because he didn’t know why that phrase was so funny. He didn’t know! This, despite the fact that we use technical terms like “bum” and “pee-pee” and “hoo-ha” and “tallywacker.” (Google search is going to bit me in the, uh, butt on this one.) I’m kidding. Mostly. While my kids do know the technical terms about their body parts (except for that particular one, apparently), we just don’t use them in every day conversation. I didn’t do it before I had kids – it’s just not my thing. Besides, we all know what we’re talking about when we use the word “bum.” At least I hope so.
ANYWAY. Uranus. It’s a funny word. I could Google how the name came to be, but I’d like to believe that it was some BOY scientists who thought they could have a little bit of fun with the name. It’s also spelled in geek/text speak. “ur” “anus”. Those scientists were ahead of their times.
Some people may think that we are immature to find words like Uranus funny, but those people would probably frown on this video I took of Emily pronouncing “fork” (consider yourselves warned) two summers ago.
(If it doesn’t load for you, the link is here.)
They also probably hate laughing in general, which is sad.
I don’t know. I guess that I should be more of a proper “lady” (or something)(have you met me?) but potty humor is funny, at least in our house. It always has been and it always will be.
And just in case you needed a reminder, Uranus has tiny rings around it.