Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Boys Will Be Boys.

Last week, instead of a girl and a boy at my house I had two boys.  Child #1 was off to sleepaway camp and I had my BFF's son staying with me during the week while she was on a special 40th birthday trip.

During that week I noticed a few consistent patterns among my son, his friend and the various other boys we dragged home with us. Here they are in no particular order of importance.

1. Boys eat a lot.

2. Sweaty soccer socks, shin guards and cleats are MUCH better left outside.

3. There's nothing better than clothing optional video game time (no accompanying pic with this one).

4. Boy conversation consists of a lot of oneupsmanship.

5. In boy world, leaving leftover fruit leather in your backpack to "attract ant pets" is a good idea.

6. Once you have ant pets it's fun to bring them with you, in the car, in the house, to camp. As an experiment, you can try setting them loose on an adult's leg...just to see how she reacts.

7. Boys spend a lot of time with their hands down their pants.

8. The placement of their hands has zero bearing on whether they think they should wash them before having a snack.

9. Outdoor peeing will occur frequently and be competitive.

10. And boys, even the ones that don't belong to you, really need a story and a kiss before they can fall asleep.

23 comments:

naida said...

Lol Johanna, all very true!

Cassie Mae said...

As a mother of two boys, I concur with all of this. :)

jaybird said...

LOL. I am mommy to three little girls, but spending any amount of time around my nephews, has made me appreciate, smile and nod my head in agreement with this post.

Joanne said...

I had girls, but certainly noticed all ten points among my three nephews. I especially remember them deciding to pee out the bathroom window and leaving a yellow arc under the window by the toilet. And we joke about girls going to the bathroom together.

Kyra Lennon said...

LOL! We have an excess of girls in our family so I'm not used to little boys!

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

As a mother of three boys I can relate. Two of mine are off at college, but the third, my eleven year old, still has some of the nasty habits you touched upon. Gotta love em.(:

Johanna Garth said...

Naida and Cassie, what is it about boys?

Jaybird, girl energy is very different.

Joanne, I had a neighbor complain about them peeing in her bushes!!

Kyra, it's a whole different ball game.

Andrea, please tell me they will outgrow those habits!

Morgan said...

Boys are the best kept secret! My two boys are so sweet... a lot sweeter than my girls, LOL!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Lol! Fortunately, son has never liked bugs and I HATE ants. Ugh.

But all this sounds normal to a mother of sons and sister to 7 brothers, lol!

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

Donna K. Weaver said...

Aren't boys wonderful? I have four sons, and they are (usually) the delight of my life.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Is that what I missed out on? I do know my nephews ate my brother out of house and home though.

Carol Kilgore said...

So true. So true. So true.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

OMG -- as a mother of two girls, it seems I am missing out on a lot of fun stuff!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

#10 was a sweet way to end the list. And #7 reminds me of my nephew's T-ball game. The players would sporadically put their hands down their pants or grab their crotches, except one - the girl.

xoRobyn

David P. King said...

Reading this post brings back a lot of memories - including things I did that I can't believe I got away with. :)

Neurotic Workaholic said...

That's so funny! And the picture is so cute; the boys look very happy. I don't have any sons of my own (but hopefully someday I will), but it's good to know what to expect. :)

Chuck said...

Just how my room looked as a kid...ahh, the good times. Ant pets...now that's a good one!

Anne Gallagher said...

Love #9. And sometimes little girls need to pee outside too. Which is always fun.

Joshua said...

We had 4 kids for about 20 hours; my 3 and 5 year old, and the 5 and 7 year old kids of friends that just had a baby on Monday. Within 2 hours, the house was ready to be condemned. My OCD has kicked my anxiety into overdrive. Crossing my fingers that they don't ask to have the kids spend tonight with us, too.

Barbara Watson said...

Love the entire post!

Scarlett said...

Boy, n. noise with dirt on it (came across this definition recently and laughed out loud).

Johanna! I am LOVING the first of your series, Losing Beauty! Wonderfully written characters and story. Staying up late to read and thoroughly enjoying!

I've been MIA in the blogospere this summer. I feel like the little old lady who lives in a shoe! Who knew our numbers would grow even as they do? There's always a house full of boys round here. yep. Dirt. And. Noise.

M Pax said...

Wait until they're bigger. The amount my stepson packed away was staggering. Their sports things get smellier, too.

Julie said...

This is so cute and reminds me of my nephews when they were little. Except for the ant pets, thank goodness! :D