Susan's Blog

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Boy, Vey

Mother of boys. It conjures up all sorts of images, mostly ones that make you go, “Ahh, how beautiful.” Strength. Sweet mischief. Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie.
Yeah, right.
What really comes with this territory? (As you read this, dip a finger in red wine for each item)
The Ten Plagues of Raising Boys
Piles of stuff.
Built things that multiply.
Oversized black tee shirts.
Too much hair.
Dirty towels.
Horrible toilet issues.
Shoes everywhere.
Ugly cartoons on TV.

And that’s just me!
Ha ha. I’m laughing through my dust-coated tears.
No, really, how do I get some control over my house? There are piles and piles of Ben’s pads, Ben’s Lego creations, Max’s sculptures, Max’s schoolwork, Max’s books, Ned’s music, Nat’s books, Nat’s discarded clothes, Ned’s half-started projects, Ben’s lemonade stands-turned-spaceships…

Where does the girl get to be? My little windowseat? My 1930’s art nouveau dresser, festooned with earrings, bangles, lace, discarded bras, silver mirrors, perfume bottles? My pretty cheval glass, decorated with necklaces and pink belly dancewear? Is that all I get, in this huge messy house? Everything else is male-volent.

At least my kitchen is clean — sort of.


Could be worse, you could be sharing your house with 4 other women and girls. Your stuff wouldn’t be safe. 🙂 I do sympathize though.

— added by Camille on Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 2:28 pm

I thought it was just at my house…

My sister had 3 wild boys, and a daughter ten years later.

You should see her house now. It’s clean and beautiful.

There is hope!

— added by r.b. on Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 9:04 pm

Hmmm, r.b., maybe I should spin for a girl then.

I have three boys, plus a husband = three disaster makers. 🙂

— added by Kari on Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 7:37 pm

I thought I was reading about my life! But there are some advantages to all boys, I am the queen, I rule, and they all love me unconditionally (most of the time).

— added by Warrior Mom on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 1:13 pm

I have 2 boys and a girl.

The girl has no use for dolls and runs trains over the track her brothers assemble. Her preferred comfort object is a Fisher Price Little People figure — the boy with the frog.

Not quite sure what I’m in for, but I’m sure it’ll be fun in some way!

— added by Julia on Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 8:20 pm