Jack, Charlie, and I sit down at the kitchen table for lunch. As I aim a spoonful of mashed bananas toward Charlie's mouth, his energetic hands bat it away. Bananas fling onto the floor, the chair, and Charlie's hand.
Me: "Oh good heavens, Charlie."
Jack: "What does good heavens mean?"
"Well, it's just an expression to use when you're surprised, and maybe a little bit annoyed. Like oh my heck, or holy moly."
"Or holy crap?"
In a matter of miliseconds, I review the five W's to carefully weigh my answer:
WHO did he hear that expression from?
WHAT is the proper definition of "crap"?
WHEN is it a good time to accept that your son is going to say "holy crap!" on a regular basis? (The parenting books don't say.)
WHERE is a sponge so I can clean up this sticky mess?
And finally . . .
WHY are you making such a big deal out of this? Holy crap, Jenny.
"Yes, exactly like holy crap. It's just an expression."