Criss Cross What-a-sauce?

f0e816f673a811e2a3ff22000a1fb762_6Remember in preschool and kindergarten when it was story time and we’d sit with our legs crossed over each other? Chances are you’re like me and grew up calling it “Indian style.”

That was in the 80’s when there wasn’t much political correct-ness going around. By the time I (and my peers) started watching what we were saying, we had moved past sitting in circle-time. Which is why I had no idea what he was talking about when my son asked me to sit “criss-cross-apple-sauce.” (The way I stared at him in confusion at him is probably the look my own mother gives me when I try to explain the Angry Birds game.)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been re-training myself away from “Indian style” to “criss-cross-apple-sauce.” It’s honestly not been hard and I much prefer the apple-sauceness of the new phrase – it’s really freaking cute when my kid says it.

Personally, I’m not always the most politically correct person, but I am thrilled that we’ve come so far away from stereotyping Native Americans. I want my boy to grow up learning about their culture and history, rather than generalizing Native Americans as a people who sat around a campfire with their legs crossed.

Have you made the switch yet? Was it difficult to stop yourself from old habits?

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Beth Anne writes words & takes pictures at Okay, BA! You can also find her on the Twitters & Facebook

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