Dinner conversation at my house:
Kid: Did you know if you say “Bloody Mary” three times, you’ll be cursed? And not like the drink, because you can say that and not get cursed.
Me: *choking on my water* Oh, really? Where did you hear that?
Kid: From Allie, at school.
Me: Well, how does she know?
Kid: She said “Bloody Mary” three times. And she got cursed.
Me: Cursed, huh? Interesting. So did you tell her about the drink part?
Kid: No, I just know that.
Me: Awesome, of course you know that a Bloody Mary is a drink (sorry, Mom). So, she got cursed?? What happened to her?
Kid: Her bicycle disappeared.
Me: Oh yeah? So is that what it means to be cursed? Like, how would I know I’m cursed?
Kid: Well, you would like, go to your office in the morning and your laptop would be gone.
Me: I’m not sure I’d consider that a curse…
Kid: No, Mom, like gone forever! And you would never get it back.
Me: So have you tried it?
Kid: No. And I can’t say it again. I’ve already said it twice.
Me: *snort* I’m pretty sure it’s three times in a row, honey.
Dad: Yeah, like “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary”.
Kid: *GASP* DAD!!! Now you’re cursed!!
Dad: Uh oh! What do you think that means??
Kid: The red truck is gone!
Me: Really? You think Dad got cursed so the red truck disappeared?? (again, not much of a curse since the stupid thing isn't running all that great right now...)
(She bolts up from the dinner table, runs to the front door and throws it open)
Kid: Whew! It’s still there!
Me: Well, do you think the Tahoe will disappear if I say it?
Me: Okay, let’s try it. “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary”. Well???
Kid: It’s still there. It didn’t work.
(Comes back to the dinner table)
Kid: Allie must be lying.
Me: Yeah, probably so. Does Allie have a big sister or brother?
Kid: Yeah, a sister. *pause* Maybe I need to tell Allie that Bloody Mary is a drink and not a curse.
Me: Um, no, probably not. I’m sure her big sister will take care of that soon enough, sweetheart.
And this is why you should sit down with your family and have dinner together during the week.