My Daughter, The Petunia Gardener

Petunia Gardener

A few months back, Felicity Huffman wrote a post at WhatTheFlicka.com talking about the modern-day hoopla related to vagℹnas and how moms often tend to give nicknames when discussing the matter with young daughters. I confessed to having named my daughter’s vagℹna Petunia.

In addition to the cutesy nickname, we also refer to Petunia in third-person. “Did you wash her when you were in the bath?” Sometimes I feel like we’re really talking about another person. With my son, a penℹs has always just been a penℹs. Penℹs is fun to say. Vagℹna? Not so much.

Yesterday my daughter and I headed to the garden center of our local home improvement store to scope out annuals for the garden and patio. It was a warm, sunshine filled day so I was briefly inspired. As we made our way through the section of brightly colored but slightly wilted annuals, we bumped into a nice, older lady also checking out the annuals. Literally. After apologizing for the bump, I decided it couldn’t hurt to ask what she recommended for my patio pots. Nice Older Lady was more than happy to strike up a mostly one-sided conversation about her garden and make suggestions for mine.

She eventually got around to asking my daughter which flowers she’d like to plant. Of course there was no response. My daughter doesn’t often speak to adults other than me. She so shy she hides her face and simply refuses to socialize with anyone above 48 inches tall. Nice Older Lady pressed a bit, saying, “I bet you would love to play with petunias, honey.” I froze.

After not having received a response from my hiding daughter, she redirected her ramblings fascinating chat back to me. “Mom, get a multi-colored flat of petunias, set her outside in the yard with some soil and just let her play with a petunia or two. They’re inexpensive and besides, she couldn’t hurt a petunia. And she’ll grow up to be quite the little gardener,” she said.

You know where this is going, right?

My daughter pulled my face to hers and whispered, “Mommy, why is the lady talking about Petunia? You said she was private, and I’m not supposed to play with her when I’m outside.”

So. Last night my darling 4 year-old daughter and I had a talk just before bed, and I taught her a new word. Vagℹna. She doesn’t like the word, and after only a moment’s thought, she informed me that she’d not be renaming Petunia.

The lesson learned: Always call a vagℹna a vagℹna or beware of nice, older ladies in garden centers?

  • Vicki

    That is just to funny! But oh so true.

    • Katie

      Thats a very cute story , I notice since having my daughters nine and seven yrs ago and my son ten yrs ago that girls are shown from a young age to hide and be ashamed to talk about their bodies but males well they can walk round like king cock of the hen house so to speak . 

       

      I personally called both my son and daughters pee pees, they know the right words but are more comfee calling it a pee pee. 

      • http://SweetnessOfLife.com/ Kelli

        I’m a very direct person and I don’t have trouble with any topics for discussion. I know some may do it for sake of hiding or being private but for me and I think many parents, using the nicknames when the kids are young is just more fun. :)

        • kristaenglish

          Too cute, Kelli!  Too cute! My parents called called mine a “monkey” and well, when I was 6 I remember catching my dad coming out of his bathroom naked and I was shocked and pointed to his and said, “Is THAT your monkey?!” haha – It was a little traumatizing for me…monkey, geesh!

  • Vicki

    That is just to funny! But oh so true.

  • Katie

    Thats a very cute story , I notice since having my daughters nine and seven yrs ago and my son ten yrs ago that girls are shown from a young age to hide and be ashamed to talk about their bodies but males well they can walk round like king cock of the hen house so to speak . 

     

    I personally called both my son and daughters pee pees, they know the right words but are more comfee calling it a pee pee. 

    • http://kellihood.com/ Kelli Nelson

      I’m a very direct person and I don’t have trouble with any topics for discussion. I know some may do it for sake of hiding or being private but for me and I think many parents, using the nicknames when the kids are young is just more fun. :)

  • http://twitter.com/RubberChickenMa RubberChickenMa

    First of all, that picture? Gorgeous!!!!

    Secondly, this post wasn’t anything like I expected…

    And third….bwahahahaha!!!! (And a squish for your girl – thank goodness she’s not traumatized by the experience) 

    • http://SweetnessOfLife.com/ Kelli

      LOL Thanks so much! :)

      • http://www.mombloggerbuzz.com/ Lisa Ladrido

        OMG! How funny! How did I miss this post? I love the part that she says that she isn’t allowed to play with her outside! I don’t like the word vagina either. My grandmother who was from Sicily always made us call it tutuneco. Not sure how that would be spelled either or where she got it from!

    • http://ruralandcrafty.wordpress.com/ Kate

      I used to ask women how their Mums had referred to their vaginas when they were small. Everything from ‘front bottom’ to ‘tuppence’ to ‘bits’ to ‘weasle-peasle’. But with my daughter, I always called it a vagina. Which was fine, except she couldn’t say it, so it quickly morphed into ‘china’, and has remained so ever since. Caused great amusement when my aunt gave her a china doll for Christmas. My daughter was at great pains to tell everyone it was a china doll, ‘not a fffffffa-china doll’!

  • Kimberly Rues

    First of all, that picture? Gorgeous!!!!

    Secondly, this post wasn’t anything like I expected…

    And third….bwahahahaha!!!! (And a squish for your girl – thank goodness she’s not traumatized by the experience) 

    • http://kellihood.com/ Kelli Nelson

      LOL Thanks so much! :)

  • kristaenglish

    Too cute, Kelli!  Too cute! My parents called called mine a “monkey” and well, when I was 6 I remember catching my dad coming out of his bathroom naked and I was shocked and pointed to his and said, “Is THAT your monkey?!” haha – It was a little traumatizing for me…monkey, geesh!

  • http://ruralandcrafty.wordpress.com/ Kate

    I used to ask women how their Mums had referred to their vaginas when they were small. Everything from ‘front bottom’ to ‘tuppence’ to ‘bits’ to ‘weasle-peasle’. But with my daughter, I always called it a vagina. Which was fine, except she couldn’t say it, so it quickly morphed into ‘china’, and has remained so ever since. Caused great amusement when my aunt gave her a china doll for Christmas. My daughter was at great pains to tell everyone it was a china doll, ‘not a fffffffa-china doll’!

  • http://mombloggerbuzz.com/ Lisa Ladrido

    OMG! How funny! How did I miss this post? I love the part that she says that she isn’t allowed to play with her outside! I don’t like the word vagina either. My grandmother who was from Sicily always made us call it tutuneco. Not sure how that would be spelled either or where she got it from!

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