...your 9-year old uses words like "proxy" in normal conversation.
Tonight we went out to dinner, and as we were leaving the restaurant the girls and Ben were racing to see who could get buckled up the fastest. Since Kelsey doesn't get to be first much I leaned over and helped her buckle up so she could get first place! She then proceeded to tell me that she won first, Daddy won second, Olivia won third, and Connor won 4th place. That meant I was "The Big L" (loser).
My response to her was that since I had helped her win, I was her "co-winner" then walked around the van to get into my side. Apparently, she didn't like having to share first place, so Daddy said "Kelsey, it's like you're winner 1, and Mommy is winner 1-A." Then Olivia piped up, "Yeah, she's like your proxy."
This, of course, had me rolling. I started laughing and asked her if she knew what proxy meant. Her response, "It's someone that helps you vicariously." Which made me laugh all the harder. "Vicariously" is even longer than "proxy"!
I asked her where she learned that, and she said, "Brother Goolsby taught us." See? They do listen sometimes...
Only a Mormon.