Wednesday, 30 April 2014
A Boy Snippet
For those of you still fortunate enough to be living in a civilised world, here is a snippet from my boy-filled world.
1. Burping is to be applauded. Oh yes. The bigger and longer, the better. And if you can burp the alphabet then you have reached a special status.
2. Why make daisy chains when you can find a frog / spider / other disgusting creature and feed insects to it? This activity can last a very long time so where I once may have wished they weren't doing it, now I am grateful when I begins because I know they will stay outside and happy (away from me) for a good half an hour.
3. Apps such as 'ultimate fart noises' and 'let the poo through' will appear on the iPad. You do not want to know anymore, I promise.
4. Bodily functions continue to fascinate, including during evening meals when they talk freely and openly in front of the youngest members of the family about what they learnt in sex education. Rather than take this education seriously, they spend most of the mealtime giggling about it.
5. Muscles are a necessity. The phrase 'look at my guns' will be followed by kissing each bicep. (Or is that just in my family?)
6. Personal hygiene leaves nothing to the imagination. As they grow older and have to do more for themselves I am mostly disgusted. They seem to have the ability to have a shower without actual washing themselves, although somehow the floor manages to get a good rinsing (flooding).
7. Noise is constant. Singing, wittering, drumming, tapping, bodily functions, shouting..... It never stops. Needless to say, I enjoy my ear plugs.
8. There are smells galore. Every mother of a boy understands the need for the sniff test, and the sickening moment when you realise that those trousers crumpled in a heap on the floor were actually dirty.
9. Amongst a group, boys must always establish their pecking order. Whoever is older / braver / taller / best at armpit farts will become top dog. Competitions and challenges are therefore continuous. Even silly ones like who can wash their hands first before mealtimes.
10. Topics of conversation on a car journey can include poo swinging out of bottoms and landing on the floor, evolution and adaptation, Minecraft and sky diving. All in one journey. I write from 'umming and ahhing to feign interest' experience.
Now you have been enlightened, you may re-enter your clean, ordered world. Think of me, drowning in footballs, dirty stones (pretend precious jewels) and sticks. Please.