What is a zerbert? According to Wiktionary, a zerbert is “the sound that occurs when someone places the mouth against the skin (commonly the stomach or cheek) and blows.” The word was originally coined on an episode of The Cosby Show back in the 1980s. Click below for the clip.
Some people also call them “raspberries”, but my husband and I grew up watching The Cosby Show every Thursday night, so we prefer Mr. Cosby’s term. Why in the world am I writing about zerberts? Because my kids love them and this is a “Savoring Simple Moments” thing that I want to etch in my mind.
One afternoon, I was ushering the children into their room for rest time. I plopped my 2-year-old on the bed, lifted up his shirt, buried my face in his pot belly, and gave a good blow. Almost instantly, the rest of my children chimed in all at once, “My turn! Can I get a zerbert too?” Even my 7-year-old Gabriel was asking for it. I climbed up the ladder to the top of the bunk bed, where he was already giggling from the anticipation. Is he getting too old for zerberts? I don’t know if I want to hear the answer to that question … he will always be my baby.
There’s nothing like a zerbert, especially after a long and frantic day, like yesterday. And when I hear that uncontrollable laughter from my children, it’s music to my ears.