I have been trying to teach Elaine words like “hot” and “dirty” so she knows why she can’t touch something. The other day she was getting into the trash so we worked on “dirty” a lot.
Then Ben came home. He had been stripping furniture all day, and he was filthy! Elaine was so very excited to see him! She scooted over to him as fast as she could, letting out happy shouts the whole way. However, Ben could not pick her up.
Mommy (that’s me) offered this explanation to Elaine. “Daddy is dirty. He’s can’t touch you. He’s just like the trash.” Oops! I didn’t mean that Ben is trash, but that’s how it came out. I have been reminded of my boo-boo every day since then.