Dodgeballered

Setting: Sitting in the family car with the three children after a visit to a “kid fun” place that features about 100 trampolines. The business has three separate areas all with trampolines—a free bounce section, a foam block pit (for jumping into), and a dodgeball area. 

Sissy just turned four-years old and her older brother is now in 4th grade.

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ME: Sissy, did you like doing all that jumping today?

SISSY: Oh yeah.

ME: Last time you hung out with your brother more in the dodgeball section. Why did you jump so much with Luka and me? Are you mad at big brother?

SISSY: No. But…

ME: But what Sissy?

Sissy frowns and exhales...

SISSY: Daddy, I got dodgeballered.

ME: You what?

SISSY: When I went into the dodgeball area with “Big Brother” I got hit by 100 balls all at once.

ME: You got “dodgeballered” by 100 balls? Yikes, that must have been awful.

I did a great job of not laughing at the thought of a preschooler confidently stepping into the unkind world of dodgeball only to be showered by numerous well aimed projectiles. "Big Bro" did confirm Sissy’s story, but downgraded the stated “100 dodge balls” to an estimated 5 or 6.

The term “dodgeballered” now has a place in the comedic history of the Slamdunk family.

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Ahh, the memories of playing dodgeball during elementary school gym time; this Interntet image resembled me only I had much smaller shoes back then. 



38 comments:

mrs. fuzz said...

HAhahahaha! Dodgeballered is the perfect description! That would be especially terrifying for a four year old you would think. She must be very brave.

I also remember when Dodgeball was a normal part of PE and it was always terrifying. I still remember how the "slap" of the ball felt on bare skin. I think it's been banned pretty much in every school hasn't it? Maybe it's just here. . .

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Nice work sis! There's a place here in STL, the City Museum, and they get some intense dodgeball games going on there. It's usually older teenagers, or my husband...I stay far, far away!

Matthew Rush said...

That's now officially the most awesome word ever. Sounds like she had a pretty good attitude about the whole thing.

JennyMac said...

HAHAHAHA. Love it. And love that her math (100) was corrected by his math (5 or 6) She already knows how to spice up a story! But if I was getting hit by dodgeballs, 5 would feel like 100.

Stephanie Faris said...

We were just talking about dodgeball the other day...how when we were in school, I thought it was crazy that they'd play it in gym class. Somebody ALWAYS got hurt. But lining kids up and having them throw balls at each other as hard as they can does tend to get that aggression out!

Travel Nurse Extraordinaire said...

I can't imagine it's still played in school.

Krista said...

This is such a cute story, I loved it! :o)

I always loved dodgeball, even though I can't move quickly and my aim is terrible. Go figure, eh? ;o)

maggsworld said...

I giggled myself silly reading this, not without pondering the truth of the number of balls. Although in all fairness to Sissy even 5 or 6 lobbed with "older brother" force would seem a far larger number.

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

LOL. That is awesome. I think the word dodgeballered needs to be in the dictionary. Let's send petitions to Webster. ;)

He & Me + 3 said...

LOL tell her if she can dodge a wrench then she can dodge a ball. LOL I can only imagine. Love the new term dodgeballered. Too cute.

Theresa Milstein said...

Ha! I don't blame her for not wanting to be dodgeballered!

J. J. in Phila said...

Funny.

My mother, whose first language was not English, called pontoons "fontoons" until the day she died.

Diane said...

I'm sure it felt like 100 to that cutie!!! :O)

Kimi said...

Kids say the darndest things - thanks for the laugh : ). Dodgeballered...ha ha.

kathryn said...

Oh, God...is that little child adorable. How you kept a straight face is beyond me. That parental poker-face is difficult! I love the kid-spontaneity. Connor once remarked in the car, "We learned that cracking your knuckles doesn't cause laryngitis. I mean, gingivitis..." Obviously, he meant arthritis. We laughed so hard I almost went off the road.

Hilary said...

Oh that's adorable. You gotta love kidletisms. Thanks for the smiles.

WomanHonorThyself said...

outta the mouth of babes eh!

terri said...

Dodgeballered! I like it! 4 year olds have the best imaginations and the most creative vocabulary.

A favorite word in our family that stems from when our middle child was probably 4 or younger... "mokin re-troll." (That was Jake-speak for "remote control.")

imbeingheldhostage said...

I love it-- and I love that she is not inclined to exaggeration at all ;-)

Steve Gravano said...

Well, it makes sense, dodgeballered: to have 100 dodgeballs hit you at once. Great story!

Gaston Studio said...

LOL, I love that you've added dodgeballered to your family's vocabulary.

Congrats on POTW!!

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Giggle, kids say the best stuff. I wish I would have had the foresight to write everything down my daughter and five grandchildren have said. Poor sweet thing, traumatized by being dogeballered, Love it! Hugs :-)

Tara said...

Hehehe! Your family posts always make me smile :)

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:

Guess Art Linkletter was right...
Kids DO say the darnedest things.

Love the "lexicon" you're working on at home.
I'll have to reserve my copy now, right?

Have a great humpday.

Momma Fargo said...

I love it! Great coin phrase. I will have to remember that one. Tell Sissy she is brilliant.

Out on the prairie said...

A fun story and great phrase.I worked special ed and often had a hard time getting my kids into gym games, so when they played dodgeball I would go on one side or the other. No guess who the 1st target was, and I got dodgeballered good.

SuziCate said...

dodgeballered - I love it! Thanks for tickling my funny bone today. And she sounds like a tough kid, most would have exited screaming their heads off!

KittyCat said...

That is too cute.

: )

Rachel Cotterill said...

That's definitely an important word, I'm glad to have added it to my vocabulary ;)

Kristin said...

That is my favorite new word!

Diana said...

Oiy. I remember dodgeball at recess in elementary school.

Ouch. O_o

LisaF said...

That's a classic! Dodgeballered...I think you should copyright it asap.

presious said...

Awwwh! Poor baby! That must've scared her like crazy...lol....it does sound alittle funny though :*). Love her term "dodgeballered", lol!

Pia said...

from the mouth of babes. priceless!

MaggieGem said...

Great story... must have been quite a trauma to create such word!

Congrats on POTW!

OneSurvivor said...

What a precious image of family life. I feel for Sissy. Dodgeball was not one of my favorite games in PE or recess.

CherylK said...

Congratulation on your POTW mention!! Hilary sure does know how to pick 'em.

That's just the cutest story and I love the new word...dodgeballered goes into my dictionary. :-)

James (SeattleDad) said...

That's awesome. You should submit that to the Urban Dictionary!!