As May rolls around I am reminded of a question my daughter asked my husband and I many years ago. She was about ten years old (give or take a year). The four of us were traveling in the car to who-knows-where when her inquisitive voice piped up from the back seat.
Daughter: Mom, what’s a maycept?
Me: A what?
Daughter: A maycept,
I turned to my husband: What is she talking about?
Hubby: What do you mean?
Daughter: A maycept, what’s a maycept?
Me: I don’t know what you mean.
Daughter, sounding a little exasperated: The sign we just passed. It was yellow with a picture that kind of looked like a turtle and it said maycept.
Hubby and I laughed are heads off while daughter and her younger brother sat quietly and were quiet puzzled, I’m sure.
Me (once laughter was contained): It’s a turtle crossing sign warning drivers to be careful of turtles crossing the road between the months of May to September – May-Sept.
Daughter: Oooohhh! Now I get it. (This may or may not have been what she said. I don’t remember, we were probably still laughing).
Me: That was good. I’m sure I’ll remember that one – Maycept! (shaking my head)
Out of the mouths of babes
This isn’t exactly the sign. I think the one she saw is more May-Sept (with a hyphen instead of an arrow). I also believe the turtle might be a little more abstract.
If you have young children write down the precious and funny things they say and do. I wish I had thought of doing that years ago, because boy I’d have a lot to blog about. 🙂 Time waits for no one so enjoy those funny family moments.