Yesterday, due to good behavior & the fact that I don't think I've bought either girl a single toy all summer long, I told the girls while we were shopping at Wal-Mart that they could each pick out one small toy. Hadley picked some outdoor bucket with shovels & a watering can which is fabulous because it will reside outdoors. Delaney, my horse lover, found a two pack of horses that looks more like something you'd display instead of play with but I could see she REALLY wanted them. So we purchased our toys & everyone was happy.
We get home and of course Delaney is relentless about wanting me to open up her new horses. As any parent with small children knows, the horses are practically screwed in & glued down for fear of shoplifters! After wrestling the package open and removing the horses, I look down to notice that one of the horses is CLEARLY a boy horse. How would I know this? Well....the maker of this specific horse has chosen to give this horse a "package." Now don't get me wrong, we are not a modest family. Delaney has seen Doug naked after showering or like any child, she has burst in the bathroom while he's using it to delve into deep conversation. She has seen a penis & knows what one looks like. However, none of her toys have ever had one to display and I'm already envisioning many conversations about this toy penis. I even found myself annoyed with the manufacturer of this toy.
So the horses are free from their box and I hand them to Delaney so she can play with them. Within seconds of having them in her clutches, she notices the penis and looks up at me.
D: Mom, that is that?
Me: Honey, that is a BOY horse. That is his private area.
D: What's it called?
Me: It's called a penis. All boys have a penis. All girls have a hoo-hoo (her word for vagina).
D: Oh. Okay mommy.
She seemed fine with this and ran away to play. At one point I even heard the horse using the potty in the grass so I knew she truly got it. So last night Doug comes home from work and Delaney is playing with her horses in the kitchen. Doug notices she has new horses and is asking her about them.
Doug: Where did you get those horses?
Delaney: They are new Daddy. Mommy got them for me today.
Doug: They are nice.
Delaney: Daddy look! This one is a boy horse and has a penis just like YOU!
At this point Doug's eyes look like they're going to bulge out of his head. I can tell he was NOT prepared to have this conversation! Ha! He looks at me and looks back to her but I can't quite remember what was said next because I was laughing so hard. Later on his remarks to me are basically that he cannot believe our 4 year old used the word penis. Had she been 2, I probably would have made a "cute" word like pee-pee or something else ridiculous to describe the word penis to her. But at 4, almost 5, I just couldn't do it. So now the word penis is dropping like a bomb all over my house thanks to this flippin horse!