Another forwarded e-mail


But wait! It doesn’t have to do with politics! And I researched it first!
There is no year of the “Chicken”.
2007 was the Year of the Pig.
2008 was the Year of the Rat.
2009 was the Year of the Ox.
2010 is the Year of the Tiger.
Avian influenza hit Asia in 2003 and was hardly devastating – there were only 55 cases worldwide in 2007.
Equine influenza hit in 2007, not 2008.

Keeping all the above in mind, (’cause I don’t want to uncritically disseminate half-true stuff) I opened the e-mail below.

Don’t know if this is just a sick coincidence ,Β  but….
2007 – Chinese year of the Chicken – Bird Flu Pandemic devastates parts of Asia
2008 – Chinese year of the Horse – Equine Influenza decimates Australian racing
2009 – Chinese year of the Pig – Swine Flu Pandemic kills hundreds of people around the globe.
It gets worse next year…Β Β  2010 – Chinese year of the Cock – what could possibly go wrong

Got a chuckle out of me until my 11 year old daughter, who had been quietly reading over my shoulder, startled me by asking “Dad, what’s a cock?”
“Ummm. It’s a bird, honey. A rooster. You know – like cock a doodle doo?”
“So I don’t get the joke, then.”


  1. 1) Does your daughter not know any boys? Is she homeschooled?
    2) Why didn’t you tell her what ‘cock’ means? (Does she know where babies come from? About birth control?)

    • My daughter has many male friends, but for her age, she is still somewhat naive.
      She’s had sex-ed and we discuss sex and how babies are made. All of our kids (even our 3 year old) know the proper terms for sex organs – including the socially acceptable “private place”
      I just don’t believe that any of our kids needs to learn foul language. We don’t teach them the other four-letter words, either.

      • I agree with that WC. I think it is important to help them be informed but also good to help maintain their innocence and magical childhood as long as possible… which btw…is no easy feat.

        I did it with both sons… although.. older son was getting up at 4:30 and watching the *ADULT HBO* movies unbeknownst to me…when he was SEVEN. It turned out that we were getting free HBO because of whatever the cable co was working on. I periodically called them asking them to please remove it because I didn’t want those influences in the house with kids around. They couldn’t do it.

        And when younger son was 7..someone shoved a very explicit porn order magazine..along with advertisements for extenders, etc., in his friend’s mailbox. And you just know all that stayed with them. I think that is sad. I am glad i wasn’t exposed to all that until much older..okay..there was the pervy neighbor.

        They were 7 when they watched the sex ed videos at home (geared for their age) and we read the book together. And like you.. we used the correct anatomic descriptions. never had a nick name for anything… until whizzie winkles. πŸ˜‰

        Children today are over saturated with sexual images, violent news… pick your poison… exposed to things they don’t yet have the maturity to process appropriately. Heck..there are things in the media that have burned my eyes and ears out that I wish I never had exposure too.

        Funny story what promped me to teach 1st born son about sex when he was 7. I was 7 mos pregnant and I was driving him, my m-i-l, son and a 5 yr old girl down to the mall to see Roger Rabbit… when older son from the backseat blurts out, “Mommy… I want to know exactly WHERE babies come from!” and I managed to redirect, went to the library the next day and then… it ended up being more than he wanted to know! I believe “EWWWWW” was his response. πŸ™‚

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  3. 2010 – Chinese year of the Cock — a diddle flu pandemic incapacitating millions the world over, to the relief of women everywhere

  4. Okay…BAD SeaSpray BAD! I just came up with a funny yet sort of obscene definition. I happen to think clever and hilarious and so..I’m making myself chuckle and grin. Hahahahahahaha! and laugh!

    Chinese year of the Cock: _____ ____ ___ ____!

    4 words -16 letter. πŸ™‚

  5. Still not clear on what the issue is: if your daughter is allowed to know what a penis is, and she encounters a slang word for penis and asks what it means, why is she not allowed to know how the two go together? I mean, she knows both the concept and the word, she’s just not allowed to know that some silly people use the word as a slang term for the concept?

    I don’t have children, which may explain part of my obtuseness, but when I was 19 and giving my four-year-old brother a bath he started saying silly things about “balls” in a way that suggested to me he didn’t know what “balls” meant exactly. So I explained about testicles, gave him the correct vocabulary, and told him that when he got big they would make seeds to grow a baby.

    I didn’t ignore him (in his four-year-old way he was asking a question) and I didn’t pretend that his friends in daycare were talking about basketball.

    I don’t think I was being inappropriate or teaching him to use inappropriate vocabulary.

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