A few years ago my oldest sister and her family were in Arkansas for a visit. I was chatting with my sister in my room while my nephew was playing near by. I think he must have been about 5 or 6 at the time. I don’t remember the conversation excatly but after a few minutes my nephew looked up and said to me, “You sure like to say the word whatever a lot huh?” Well being the good aunt I am, I gave him some examples of when he should use it – much to his mom’s chagrin I’m sure. He got the hang of it pretty quickly and spent the rest of the trip using it whenever possible. But what did I care? After all he was only going to be around for a few days.
A few weeks later, I made the trip up to see them. We were all sitting around the dinner table one night when his dad told him to do something. His response? “Whatever.” Well, needless to say this did not go over well with his dad and my nephew got in trouble. As the meal and other conversation continued, my nephew looked at me and with the best scowl a 5 year old can muster he mouthed the words, “You are fired!” Fired from what I’m not sure. Being his aunt? Teaching him new words? I dunno. But it was hilarious and it was all I could do to not bust up laughing right then. The lesson must not have really been learned because a couple of weeks later I was asked to talk with him on the phone and try to convince him to stop saying it. I think I told him it was a secret word between the two of us and not to let anyone else in on it. No clue if that worked or not but…*shoulder shrug* whatever.