Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans' Day Humor

November 11, 2009

A few years ago, when the movie "The 40-Year Old Virgin" was new to the rental stores, the kids and I made a trek to the local Blockbuster to rent a Friday night film. When we had made our selections, we headed to the checkout stand to wait in line with several other families who were also waiting to rent their weekend entertainment. Up at the front counter, there was a big poster advertising "The 40-Year Old Virgin." Suddenly, and quite loudly, Nicholas asked, "Mom, what's a virgin?", pointing to the sign. I heard snickers from the other parents behind me as I answered, "Don't worry about it, Sweetie. I'll tell you when we get in the car." (This works for me sometimes when either the kids or I aren't quite ready for a particular conversation--they often forget about it by the time we get into the car.)

"Oh wait, I know!" said Nicholas. "I remember what a virgin is!" He seemed quite excited to share his knowledge.

"Shhh! Don't worry about it! We'll talk when we get in the car." I was blushing, I'm sure, and I could see the other parents out of the corner of my eye, still laughing and glad it wasn't their kids who were asking about virgins in the middle of Blockbuster.

"But I do know, Mommy--I remember! Gramps was a virgin!"

"Shhh! Wait--what??"

"You know...Gramps was a virgin. Uncle Scott is a virgin, too. And isn't Doug a virgin? Because they all fought in wars?"

"Oh, you mean VETERAN! Yes, Gramps and Uncle Scott and Doug are all veterans. They all served in the military. Right!"

And you know, he never did remember later that if the word he was thinking of was veteran, he still didn't know what the word virgin meant.


  1. That's so funny! I remember the question coming up when my kids first learned Silent Night - I think I stuffed some more Christmas cookies in their mouths and they forgot about it...

  2. LOL. Good story. I love that he forgot about it. :)