Sunday, April 22, 2012

Parents Say the Darnedest Things | Halifax, NS

We are a quirky bunch, all of us.  Yes, I'm sure you have your quirks, too.  The only difference is that I am about to share one of mine.

Belly buttons give me the willies.  Yes, the willies.  Or the heebie jeebies.  However you like to phrase it, I don't like 'em.  I blame my mom.  When I was a child, she would tell me not to touch my belly button because it could come apart and I could bleed to death.  Scary, huh?   Yep, that's what she told me.  And it stuck.  What I didn't know til I was an adult was that she shared that little tidbit with my brother and sister, as well.  Of course she would have, that's what mothers do - if you're going to scare the bejesus out of one child, you might as well do it to all of them.  So we all have belly button heebie jeebies.  Don't come near it, don't touch it, don't look at it.  I'm not kidding!

I found out a few years ago that Mom wasn't the only one with belly button tales.  My friend, Tracey, was also given interesting belly button information.  Her dad told her if you unscrewed your belly button your bum would fall off.  At least he wasn't quite so menacing - no bleeding to death, just lost bums.  Tracey still has her bum, so I'm assuming she took his words to heart.

To all the parents out there, please, I beg of you, keep your belly button tales to yourself.  There are enough things in this world for your children to worry about, belly buttons shouldn't be among them.


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