Caroline Conversations

The context is in the car, riding to school. 

Me, clearly agitated:  Oh, no. I forgot the pretzels for snack. Argh. I’ll have to drop you off and go back and get them.

Caroline:  No you didn’t.  They’re right here.

Me:  Oh, good.  I thought I left them at home.

Caroline: And if you did, then you’re supposed to say frickin’, right?

Me, stifling hysterical laughter: No, that’s really not a nice word. Mommy shouldn’t say that word, okay?

Caroline: Okay, if I hear you say that word, I’ll say, “Remember, you weren’t going to say that anymore.”  Right?

Me:  Yes, that’s right.  Thank you.

Caroline:  Because it’s a bad word, right?

Me: Well, it’s not really a BAD word.  It’s just not very nice.

Caroline, speaking in a tone that implies she has the wisdom of the ages: Yeah. I know what you’re talking about.