A little bathroom humor
I wrote about how difficult even the most basic things can be for moms, such as getting away to the bathroom for even a few seconds. Toward the end of the column, I make a statement about how we all just want to "pee in peace" or something like that. I always have to be careful about what I write, what with Chad being a minister and all. I was a little nervous about having the reference to "pee" in there, but I figured that since it was toward the end of the column that it wouldn't be a big deal.
So Wednesday morning I pick up the paper and a rather large headline above my column screams "CAN WE JUST GO PEE IN PEACE?" I don't write the headlines. The copy editors write them when they put the column on the newspaper page. I heard from the managing editor today that they got a few complaint calls about the word "PEE" in 36-point type, and then the editor called the entire copy desk staff into her office for a little talk on "Words That May be Inappropriate for Headlines."
None of this really bothers me, except for the fact that most people don't realize that I don't write the headlines. I personally would not have put the word "PEE" in large letters right next to my name and little black-and-white picture. I'm thinking right now of the three sections of fourth-graders I spoke to a few weeks ago about "Careers in Writing." I'm sure they all saw it. They read the paper every day in class. Ugh.
I better run now. Hafta go pee.