The “phoque” story

It is time for me to tell you again….

This is a crowd favorite when I need to tell a story where I make a fool of myself.

I hope you enjoy it!

Summer 2003, Emily just turned 5

There isn’t much to do where we live now so we decided to go to the aquarium.  It’s a small aquarium with a touch pool and 2 seals.  I’m sure they had other things but those are the 2 exhibits I remember. 

If you’ve ever taken French class you know that seals in French is “phoque” which sounds exactly like Fuck.

French, my mother tongue.  

Up until a couple of months prior to this visit, Emily’s universe was French.  She was the only person I could speak French to in our new world.  So that day, I was speaking French to my daughter.

Like all the kids at the aquarium, Emily got excited when she saw the seals.  I felt it was the perfect opportunity to make her practice the “f” sound which she doesn’t have in her repertory as of yet.

Because I am an “amazing” mom, I get on my knees to be at my daughter’s height and tell her (in French) that those 2 mammals are “phoque”

Emily: “Poque”

Me: non Emily “Phoque”…. “fffffff” phoque!

Emily: Poque

Me: Mais non Emily, regarde ma bouche….. fffffff phoque  (no Emily, look at my mouth…. fffffff  phoque)

And we went on like that for a couple of minutes.

Suddenly this older lady standing next to me says out loud that she prefers to wait before teaching her kids that word…”

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That’s when I realized that Emily and I were alone around the Seals exhibit.

Parents were moving their kids away from us while covering their ears.

As I looked around, I finally saw my dear husband in a little alcove laughing is ass off.

I was slightly embarrassed!  

Come on, the guy could have told me. 

Have you ever made a fool of yourself?

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TBT – 2007

Yesterday I was digging through old videos, looking for Emily’s coffee shop performance.

I wrote about it here: My girl rocked it!

While looking at old videos, I found this gem!

Coconut!

I was suddenly nostalgic.

When did my baby become a young woman?

Look at that last picture…..Β  Emily works as part of a coop program at school!

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Find more about about Cri du Chat syndrome at 5p- Society

Emily has a her own page in the family stories , you can find it here: Emily

If you want short updates and timely pictures of the little things that are happening in our life, please like and follow Lessons from my daughter‘s page on Facebook.

You can also find me on Twitter at @plebrass

I am on Pinterest too… one day I will figure out what to do there other than finding cool recipes but meanwhile, you can find me here: Lessons from my Daughter