The other day, L.(5) was musing about a recent kids’ movie. We haven’t seen the movie, but he has seen the merchandise, the themed fruit snacks, etc. and is well aware of it. I overheard the following conversation between L. and my teen, C.(13).
And let me tell you, it just warmed my heart.
L.: I think we should go see that movie.
C.: Well, I’m not sure that movie would be appropriate for a 5-year-old.
L.: Why not? Are there some really scary parts in it?
C.: No, I don’t think so.
L.: Then, what? Is there bad grammar?
Score one for grammar geeks! (That’d be me.)
Okay, so it’s possible that when L. said “bad grammar,” he was actually thinking more, um, globally, and meant something akin to “bad words” instead of just “bad grammar.”
But still, the mere fact that those words would come out of his mouth, and that he would sound somewhat horrified at the prospect of bad grammar has to count for something.