Dude, get off my car!

My son and I are driving home from preschool one morning on a pretty major neighborhood road where the speed limit is 35 mph.

I'm cruising down the road at a good 40 mph, listening to music and talking to my son about how school was that day, when all of a sudden this gigantic red something or other truck comes barreling up on the rear-end of my car and stays there.

Now, this upset me for two reasons: 1) because my kid's in the car and 2) because I was already going 40 mph in a 35 mph zone. So I proceed to say out loud while looking in the rear view mirror, "Fine dude, if you want to ride my a** I'll just slow my a** down!"

In the famous words of Homer Simpson, "D'OH!" I knew the second I said it I was in trouble. I was hoping, wishing, praying that my son wasn't paying attention to me. Not only did I say a bad word in front of my 4-year-old who will repeat everything, I said it twice in a very short span of time.

I know that all parents slip up every now and then, but I was hoping when I did (and do) that it would be in a setting in which I could easily play it off and quickly distract him. As luck would have it, I was in a moving car with not much to distract him other than blasting the radio (which didn't seem like a good idea either).

Then a little voice came from the back seat, "Mommy?" Preparing myself to be busted I calmly reply, "Yeah?" And with sternness and obvious disgust over my poor behavior he said, "Mommy! Did you just say dude?" "Yes sweetie I did. I just said dude." WHEW!!!

So to all tailgaters out there: next time you decide to speed up on the rear of someone's car remember that 1) it's extremely dangerous driving behavior and 2) toddlers all over the world could possibly be learning new curse words because you have ticked their mother's off because of #1. And if Mama ain't happy .