This is a plea to all mothers out there- please use the correct terminology for your child’s private parts. Don’t dress it up by calling it a “hoo hoo” or a “wee wee”. Oprah’s “va-jay-jay” is closer, but really- why can’t we just call it what it is… a cranny.
Yes, when I was a child, for no reason anyone in my family has been able to explain to me, my vagina was referred to as a “cranny”. As in- “make sure you wash your cranny while you’re in the tub”!
Why, you may ask… I HAVE NO CLUE! But in kindergarten, when Mrs. Turley was reading a story about a mouse who hid in every nook and cranny- Little MaryLynn was inconsolable and had to leave the room, distraught, so that someone could explain that, apparently, that word had a dual meaning. (Was a penis a “nook”, then?!)
SO confusing for a 5 year old. Scarred for life and untrusting of my parents ever since, I’ve vowed to use the correct vernacular with my own offspring and hope you’ve learned a little something from this story and follow my lead.
That being said, if there happens to be a mispronunciation, as in my friend Andrea’s case (whose family now affectionately mimics her initial understanding of the word as her “Fine China”) – just go with it.