Boys have never intimidated me. I'm the mother of seven sons, and could happily mother a dozen boys. Boys are different from girls…in my experience, with my children, not necessarily more active, but different.
There are certain things a boy will do that would never cross the mind of a girl. And that's what I want to share with you today. Two stories. Stories about a ten year old boy. Stories that grandmas and the faint of heart, or easily grossed out may just want to skip.
That was your warning.
Now on to life with boys.
The other day it was a certain ten year old boy's job to clean the boys' bathroom. You have boys? You know boys? They're not always, ahem, accurate in their aim in the bathroom. In fact, I'm pretty darn sure they're inaccurate on purpose. Because its more fun that way? I really don't know (being of the female persuasion). But when you have seven sons, this is an ongoing issue.
Anyway, overtime this leads to a certain build up on the bottom side of the toilet seat. Build up that no amount of chemical or scrubbing was able to remove. I was simply resigned to buying a new toilet seat every year or so…
But Enoch it seems, has solved that problem. He cleaned the bathroom the other day, and couldn't wait to show me the results. He let me downstairs and flipped up the toilet seat…and it was sparkly clean. Brand new looking. Not a sign of crust or crud anywhere!
"Wow, how'd you do that? I couldn't get it off when I tried!" I said.
"Oh, it was easy" he replied. "I just used my pocket knife to scrape it off."
And then there was yesterday. After returning from a friend's house, he was telling me about some iced tea they had served:
"It had lemon juice in it…but it mainly tasted like lemonade…but it was brown…it was actually the color of urine…when a person is dehydrated…"
Ah, at least we he knows what color healthy urine should be…
What can I say? I love my boys.