If your kids are of a certain age, you will undoubtedly remember the book "Everybody Poops". It explains that pooping is a normal part of life. It's a must-read for parents with children of potty-training age.
Someone needs to write a book called "Everybody Burps". Burping is also a normal part of life. Granted, most times we try to stifle the burps. Yet in some countries burping is considered a sign of appreciation to the cook, so I've heard.
My drink of choice is water. Not just plain, flat tap water. I like my water with those sparkly effervescent bubbles. Seltzer. Soda water. Fizzy water. Call it what you will, but it's easier for me to down my eight glasses of water a day if there's a little fizz.
Drinking carbonated drinks, even zero-calorie good-for-you fizzy water, causes bubbles in the tummy which come out as burps. Unfortunately, my burps come out as vowel and consonant sounds. Something along the line of ahh-BUH.
My kids were the first to mock the spoken burps. I would burp ahh-BUH, they would repeat back "Abba". It spread to Mr. Gaelic who takes a more literal translation to my burps.
Invoking a paternalistic view of family life where even the wife refers to the husband and head of the house as Father, now whenever I burp, rather than repeat "Abba" or console with a "Bless you", he answers with "Yes, dear?"
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