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Spelling words they’d rather a child not hear is a time-honored way for parents to hold adult conversations in the presence of little ears. But in some conversations, keeping up with spelling those secret words can turn into a M-E-S-S quickly.
The conversation begins at a play date, when moms Laurel Coppock, Molly Erdman and Megan Grano attempt to keep talk of meeting at the P-A-R-K later under wraps.
“I would love to — can we do it in the afternoon?” Erdman asks, explaining that she has to take her child to the D-O-C-T-O-R in the morning.
Later, Erdman offers to bring C-O-O-K-Y-S to the park.
“Oh, I think it’s C-O-O-K-I-E-S,” answers Coppock.
Erdman’s error launches a string of hilarious misspellings about everything from Grano’s son’s pistachio sensitivity to Coppock’s inability to spell diarrhea.
As the moms grow increasingly frustrated with one another, one slips and says the c-word.
“COOKIES!” the playing kids scream as the moms groan.
Grano said she pitched the idea to her fellow comedians after realizing how often she misspelled the things she was trying to hide from her son.
“I spell all the time in front of my son — my husband and I do,” Grano told TODAY Parents. “And we always are messing up words and going back and forth so many times, being like, ‘Wait. What did you just say?’”
And judging by the amount of emails and Facebook comments they’ve gotten from other moms, Grano said she knows she and her friends aren’t the only spelling-challenged parents out there.
“All of us struggle when you start spelling a lot of words,” she said. “It gets complicated.”