I never realized the extent to which boys are weird until I had nieces. Girls sit still. They are sometimes quiet. They play house and they teach school. They even mother their dolls and give Barbie high fashion makeovers, not to mention aspirations of becoming a lawyer or doctor.
Boys do not do “sitting still.” They come with two switches at birth: on and off. “On” means full tilt, through the dirt, all day. Boys are dipped in sugar, rolled in grass clippings and mulch, all the while attempting to break the sound barrier while going anywhere. “Off” happens while being wrangled out of the bath and wrestled into pajamas. Nine chances out of ten, they fall asleep mid-squirm and mid-sentence, their batteries just as drained as yours.
My sons had a doll each when they were small. Both of them asked for one for Christmas one year. They learned how to father them, of their own accord, for about a day. After that their babies were stark naked Nerf gun targets and cannon fodder. Their dolls were given jobs like Hollywood stunt double or dinosaur attack victim. All I could do was sit back and watch as one of their babies launched across the back yard, a failure at making it over the swing set via the slingshot they created (with the goal post from a long-lost football game and a piece of elastic scavenged from my sewing basket).
Once they had cousins who were female I thought some calm may rub off on them. My hopes were dashed pretty quickly.
Tony came home from his aunt’s house one day, excited beyond belief.
“Mom, Alexandria said I could have some of her broken Barbies. She even said I could have her Barbie house when she was done.”
Visions of Barbie’s new career as Fay Wray to Tony’s RC King Kong ran through my mind. “What are you going to do with a bunch of broken dolls and Barbie’s Dream House?”
“Well, I thought I could decorate them with Sharpies and turn it into a haunted mansion. It won’t matter what shape the Barbies are in. I plan on turning them into the zombies that live in the mansion. I’ll need some Halloween spider web, of course, but it would be perfect!”
I guess I’ll give the kid ten points for creativity.
I know you’re sitting back in your chair, thinking that I’m making this up. Well, you’re wrong.
So accustomed to their weirdness I have become, that I don’t even notice anymore.
Case in point:
I woke up with a stuffy nose, laryngitis and aches and pains. We were out of milk. Like many mothers out there I was the only one with a license who could drive. I dragged myself and Tony to the store. I gave him the few dollars he needed to go in and purchase our milk. It wasn’t until he came out that I realized what he looked like.
Yeah, that’s my kid. In a gas mask. At the grocery store.
And you wonder why I say boys are weird.
What’s the weirdest thing your kids have ever done? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments.