Shortly after becoming a mother, I discovered that I have a new medical condition: Mom-nesia. It’s the disease you get once you’ve had children and your brain becomes so full that little things just slip away without you realizing they’re gone. Like many medical issues, it can flare up or recede day by day. Last night, I had a flare up. A bad one.
We try, diligently, to make sure that our children aren’t subjected to profanity. However, we like to watch television together, so it’s been interesting trying to find something that is mature enough to keep us older folks from feeling like our brains are leaking out of our ears, but entertaining and simple enough to keep both of our daughters interested. We landed on watching almost all of the episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. One – I’m a Trekkie, so we own all seven seasons. Two – I have most of the episodes fairly well memorized, so I could make sure we skipped the ones that had themes I didn’t want to get into with our daughters. Three – they’re fun!
Well, we finished the entire series. 😦 So, now what do we do? Ah-ha! Let’s watch the Star Trek movies that have the TNG cast in them! That sounds good!
My wonderful husband suggested this idea, and I agreed. Friday night is movie night for us anyway. We dug around until we found Star Trek: Generations. He asked me if there was any reason that the girls couldn’t watch it. I mentally reviewed the movie and said, “No, it’s fine.” If you haven’t figured it out yet, that was the Mom-nesia moment!
Towards the end of the movie, the ship goes down. And one Commander Data decides to say “oh, s***” on the way. Oh…boy. Oops! My daughters’ heads whipped around, eyes wide, to look at whichever parent was closest. My eldest said something to the effect of “I didn’t know they said those words.” Well, honey, obviously Mom didn’t remember it, either!
So, I felt like a heel. I’m laughing about it now, but I felt awfully stupid at the moment. It’s not that I mind my girls hearing those words. (Lord knows, they’ve heard most of them from our favorite neighbors, and they know they shouldn’t repeat them.) It’s just that I had assured my husband that this movie was totally clean! Looks like we’ll be watching something animated for our next movie night. 😉
Have a fantastic weekend, my friends!