Overheard the other day amongst a large group of kids playing tag:
Kid: Zack, you're so retarded!
Zachary: (stops) Wait. What did you just say to me?
Kid: Dude. I said you're retarded.
Zachary: (scowls and shakes his head) Dude. Seriously? Retarded? Not even cool to say that word like that. So not cool, dude.
Kid: What? Retarded?
Zachary: Yeah, man. Not okay. And so not cool.
Kid: Gosh. I was just playing.
Zachary: Yeah. Well, don't play like that.
Kid: Okay, I'm sorry. Hey! I think the girls are getting away!
Zachary: No they're not! Let's get 'em!
Both kids run off screaming. While I secretly feel like my chest might explode with pride.
That made me think of this. Shout out to Oliver, who's Elizabeth's son.