For all of Ane’s advanced verbal skills, she does have the typical problems of a three-year-old, including pronunciation. There are some words that come out of her mouth in a conversation that I have no idea what it is.

For example, she was talking about our recent trip to the Seattle Aquarium, and she kept saying “carom” – which had me confused. I asked her to say it again. “Car-ee-om, Mommy,” she told me, and then the light finally clicked on for me. Aquarium!

A few days ago, she said something about “poppylocks.” I have no idea what poppylocks are, and I asked her to repeat it. “Poppylocks, Mommy. We have poppylocks,” she said.

“Oh, okay,” I replied, not knowing if she had flowers in a vase or plutonium stored under her bed.

Yesterday, she finally made the connection for me. “Mommy, do we have poppylocks?” she asked.

“I don’t know. Do we?”

She nodded. “Yes, we have poppylocks. You got the poppylocks at Grandma’s house. They’re for the airplane. Remember, Mommy?”

And the light clicked on. My mother has a bag full of sugarless lollipops leftover from the medical office she used to work for – in an OB/GYN’s office, you have plenty of little kids coming in with their moms, and the doctor used to hand out sugarless lollipops to them. My mother took the bag with her, and has handed them out at Halloween to my kids. I suggested that a sugarless lollipop at takeoff might help with 1) distracting them, and 2) helping them equalize the pressure in their ears with the sucking and swallowing. So my mom gave me a handful, and Ane saw them. I told her they were lollipops for the airplane, and when we went to go see Uncle Captain on the airplane, she could have one.

Lollipops + three-year-old mind = poppylocks!

Actually, it’s a very cute word.

3 Responses to “Poppylocks”

  1. Little Cousin's Mommy
    July 3rd, 2007 12:02

    That is a cute word. Right now, Little Cousin is calling all animals a “dee.” This started with cats, and expanded. She still gets uber-excited when she sees a cat, though.

  2. Deanna’s Corner » Blog Archive » Funny Ane Stories - and Tad’s New Word
    October 26th, 2007 09:35

    […] Ane’s love of poppylocks is well-documented, as you all know. She has been fascinated for a long time with the candy machines at restaurants – the claw one where you grab as much candy as you can and drop it into the hole before the claw stops moving. She has watched other kids play this “game” and can’t understand why we won’t let her try it. […]

  3. Deanna’s Corner » Blog Archive » Are these the children we really want to take on vacation?
    June 30th, 2008 09:42

    […] on a plane together. Thankfully, we have a direct flight and the kids fly very well (thanks to poppylocks and our portable DVD player), and as a bonus, we don’t even have to change time […]