There is nothing like hearing your child yell the dreaded F-word for the first time.
It’s especially nerve-racking when it’s in front of the entire extended family. Including the grandparents.
At a family dinner, my eleven-year-old nephew was deliberately jostled by his younger brother, resulting in his half laden plate tilting. With hot curry spilling over his hand, he yelled the F-word as loudly as he could.
Amidst the cacophony of family banter and the clattering of cutlery, you would have thought the word would have gone unnoticed but nope! There was complete silence around the dining table as if someone had pushed the pause button. Several pairs of eyes (including mine) zeroed in on the culprit.
Like a well-rehearsed play, the scene played out.
The youngsters looked down and snickered. Some of the adults (including me) tried to ignore what we had just heard. But not the grandparents!