"Dressed in black silk pajamas, she resembled a licorice stick. Her cheekbones were sharp enough to break open a clam." - from A Nose for Hanky Panky - by Sharon Love Cook
'for Pete's sake'
Think about this for a minute.
Why should we think or do things for the sake of Pete?
Who the heck is this Pete anyway?
another one: 'as happy as Larry'
Exactly how happy is Larry?
Is he over the moon delirious with joy? Grinning like a loon?
Is he just mildly happy? Content with the way his life is trundling along?
Or is he one of those people who are never happy and by saying someone is as happy as Larry they mean that someone is a miserable so-and-so who wouldn't smile even at Christmas and probably doesn't know how to smile!
Does anyone know this Larry?
There is a new advertisement here on TV about a baby named Larry who wakes up from his naps a very happy baby, because he is wearing a new type of disposable nappy (diaper) that keeps him dry and comfortable. The implication being that any other nappy wouldn't do the same job (ha ha!) and that a wet nappied baby is miserable and crying.
Well, advertising people, let me tell you something. I've had four babies and not one of them ever cried because his or her nappy was wet.
Babies do not cry because they've done a wee. They don't care. From the moment a baby is born, he or she will spend several months weeing and pooing without a single thought on the matter. It's what they do, they don't know any different.
Of course this all changes when they are older and become aware of what is happening, then toilet training begins.
In the meantime, a baby will cry if it is hungry, lonely, hurting or afraid for any reason.
Not for a wet or soiled nappy.
Take a minute and think about your children when they were babies.
How many times did you notice a baby or toddler, happy and playing, completely unaware his or her nappy was so wet it was almost leaking?
How many times did your baby wake up in the mornings or after a nap smiling and reaching out for you whether the nappy was dry, damp or soaked?