and then Eddie learned the word “awkward”.

I was lounging on our couch tucked up next to Cort one evening this weekend.

Charlie was on the floor laughing at his feet.

Eddie decided to climb up on the couch next to me.

He started to stroke my lower leg.

It was…awkward.  And so I said with a giggle, “Eddie. Cut it out.  That is awkward.”

He just smiled and kept doing it…and then he started tickling.

My retaliation was to cow bite his leg.  Of course he started laughing so hard he hardly made a sound.  When he could finally catch his breath he yelled, “DON’T MOM!  THAT’S AWKWARD!”

Funny.  But not the end of the story.

Later that weekend we were at a friend’s house, and Eddie says in front of everyone…

“Hey mom, remember when you did that awkward thing to me on the couch?”


Yes, there was uncomfortable silence.

Along with Cort snorting because he was laughing so hard.

Thanks for the back up, dude.

It should be clear that I most certainly did NOT do anything “awkward” to my 3-year old son.  Other than teach him the word “awkward” without a clear lesson on how to use said word.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I love this story… What a laugh! Straight out of the mouth of babes!!! x

  2. Oh my goodness, Katie. . .

    I am sitting here having a late night snack of strawberry shortcake (shut up. is TOO a late night snack) and totally almost choked on a strawberry.

    That is too funny.

    I can only imagine the look on your face. O_O indeed.


  3. Haha…that’s awkward 🙂

  4. Love it–totally awkward and totally funny. 🙂

    PS Jonah is forever rubbing my leg, too and I have yet to figure out a way to tell him it is…awkward. 🙂

  5. Kids are awesome!! Funny!

  6. Giggle. Snort. (I guess I’m not much back-up either.) I love when they’re trying to figure out exactly how to use new words.

  7. That is so funny!!!

  8. Zaid has started to be an, um, rubber. It’s not sexual of course, but it’s…awkward and would way inappropriate if done outside the house. He rubs my arm or my leg and now…my boob!. He stares deeply and WOULD YOU STOP IT DUDE, THAT IS SO WEIRD AND AWKWARD.

    And sorry, you’d have gotten no backup from me either; because his timing is hilarious as well as correct use of the word. You’re on your own trying to clean up whatever awkwardness you did to your kid on the couch!

  9. BAHAHAHA!!! And OF COURSE he says it in front of other people, not just in the privacy of your own home!

    That. Is. Awesome.

  10. Oh. Awk.ward.


  11. what the hell is a cow bite?

  12. Brittany Hubbel says

    hahaha! I have a feeling this is only the beginning of funny/embarrassing things he will say 😉

  13. Ha! Now that is awkward.

  14. Oh my gosh, I live for Eddie posts. He’s such a funny little man!

  15. Ahhh only children can leave us speechless about what should not have been a speechless situation.. ain’t it grand

  16. I SO needed that today!

  17. Oh dear.

  18. I laughed SO hard at this!

  19. bahahaha. how awkward. ;P

  20. that is exactly why I love children….

  21. Oh kids. They’re so good at being awkward.