APPLE: Nutritious lunchtime dessert which children will trade for cupcakes.
BABY: Mom’s youngest child, even if he’s 42.
BATHROOM: a room used by the entire family, believed by all except Mom to be self-cleaning.
BECAUSE : Mom’s reason for having kids do things which can’t be explained logically.
CAR POOL: Complicated system of transportation where Mom always winds up going the furthest with the biggest bunch of kids who have had the most sugar.
COUCH POTATO: What Mom finds under the sofa cushions after the kids eat dinner.
DATE: Infrequent outings with Dad where Mom can enjoy worrying about the kids in a different setting.
DRINKING GLASS: Any carton or bottle left open in the fridge.
ENERGY: Element of vitality kids always have an oversupply of until asked to do something.
EYE: The highly susceptible optic nerve which, according to Mom, can be “put out” by anything from a suction-arrow to a carelessly handled butter knife.
FOOD: The response Mom usually gives in answer to the question “What’s for dinner tonight?” See “SARCASM”
GENIUSES: Amazingly, all of Mom’s kids.
HAMPER: A wicker container with a lid, usually surrounded by, but not containing, dirty clothing.
HANDI-WIPES: Pants, shirt-sleeves, drapes, etc.
ICE: Cubes of frozen water which would be found in small plastic tray if kids or husbands ever filled the things instead of putting them back in the freezer empty.
JEANS: Which, according to kids, are appropriate for just about any occasion, including church and funerals.
JUNK: Dad’s stuff.
KISS: Mom medicine.
LEMONADE STAND: Complicated business venture where Mom buys powdered mix, sugar, lemons, and paper cups, and sets up a table, chairs, pitchers and ice for kids who sit there for three to six minutes and net a profit of 15 cents.
OCEAN: What the bathroom floor looks like after bath night for kids, assorted pets, two or three full-sized towels and several dozen toy boats, cars and animals.
OPEN: The position of children’s mouths when they eat in front of company.