The Many and Varied Responsibilities of Little Boys

by Stefani on 16-December-2007

One of the primary responsibilities of young boys (and there are many, many direly important tasks to accomplish when you are a man in the making), is to keep his mother grounded.

For instance, if she sits you down to read to you, one of her all time favorite Christmas stories, “The Littlest Angel,” and she begins to get all choked up and has to stop reading every so often to compose her self and quiet her sniveling, you must nip this behavior in the bud. She has a tendency to get a little sappy and sentimental over this kind of thing.

Favorite Christmas Read

You have to lighten the mood by saying things like, “Mama that boy is an angel, like the one on our tree! The NAKED ONE!” Your brothers will quickly catch on and come to your assistance by breaking into peels of laughter at the mention of nakedness. This will spur you on, and you will continue to repeat “naked” and “bare po” at intervals throughout the story, whenever the need arises.

This will not only get her clean over her sobbing silliness, it will circumvent any and all planned high falootin’ discussions regarding the theological errors in the story.

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Also, on occasion, a boy must remind a certain mother figure who is really in charge ’round these parts.

For instance, when she breaks out the nativity, be on your guard. This is the one that she researched and pondered for months before she finally broke down and bought it. The Fontanini. She’s quite fond of it because it looks like wood or ceramic, but it’s hard polymer, so kids can play with it. Best of all (in her opinion) the baby Jesus is removable, so she can keep it put up until the grand reveal on Christmas morning. Oh brother.

Nativity, Italian Style

Any boy worth his salt knows that this is complete and utter hogwash. A nativity set that kids can play with, but you can’t have Jesus? How can you play “Weary Wanderers Ride Thomas the Train to Bethlehem” with no Jesus in the barn visited by the three Power Rangers finale?

You’ll show her who’s boss, now won’t you?

It Bothered Him

You just use your Little People to fill that there gap, brother! Say something real cute like, “There Mama Mary, there’s you baby boy!” and your Mama will melt into a million pieces and give you any little thing your heart desires.

This, friend, is when you hit her up to make cookies.

Gingerbread Trees

Works like a charm.

Molly Bridle December 16, 2007 at 8:34 pm

Big kisses to those men in the making!

Lisa Clarke December 16, 2007 at 8:37 pm

Oh, that all is so familiar. We have books in this house that I just *cannot* read. “Love Your Forever” comes to mind. I’ve gone so far as to hide it behind the other books so that I don’t have to whimper my way through it!

And the nativity scene? Well, ours is not up yet, but trust me when I say that there will be all manner of creatures visiting the baby Jesus, from dinosaurs, to aliens, to giant penguins. They’re all invited every year.

Sarah Jackson December 17, 2007 at 5:10 am

Oh those boys! They always come up with a way to remind us that we think we can decide how it’s going to be, but that just isn’t so.

If that were our nativity scene, it would be covered with the kids’ Fimo characters. Do you think Ninja peas were with the 3 kings?

Diane December 17, 2007 at 5:27 am

Oh no, that made ME all teary and soppy! I try to get through Christmas in the Trenches without tears but it never works. I have to take a lot of deep breaths. Which leads to, “Mama, what are you DOING? Will you read the story?” Sure, sure, pass a hanky…

Tracy December 17, 2007 at 5:30 am

Hooray for cookies! It was a cookie makin weekend, wasn’t it? For me too.

Ali December 17, 2007 at 5:48 am

Oh you’ve got me laughing. The Nativity thing is exactly the same over here. Last year there was the memorable rescue of Jesus and Mary from the roof of the flaming stable, courtesy of the Playmobil fire department. Boys!

Randi December 17, 2007 at 6:17 am

This post made me smile!

I have a tendency to get choked-up when I read aloud, and when the girls were younger it was no big deal. Now with my boys it is embarrasing because they just sit there. And stare. And don’t say anything while I am all misty-eyed. The differences between boys and girls are so funny!

Anne December 17, 2007 at 9:08 am

This is so sweet and funny. We have already had broken wings on our angel from the “child friendly” nativity.

heather December 17, 2007 at 10:10 am

i haven’t been to visit here in a little while, so nice to be back, and to have you back. japan sounds breathtaking. but these boys of yours and the way you capture moments with words – it just gets me every time. merry christmas to your sweet family.

heather December 17, 2007 at 10:10 am

i haven’t been to visit here in a little while, so nice to be back, and to have you back. japan sounds breathtaking. but these boys of yours and the way you capture moments with words – it just gets me every time. merry christmas to your sweet family.

heather December 17, 2007 at 10:10 am

i haven’t been to visit here in a little while, so nice to be back, and to have you back. japan sounds breathtaking. but these boys of yours and the way you capture moments with words – it just gets me every time. merry christmas to your sweet family.

Katrien December 17, 2007 at 12:57 pm

Oh… SO good!

emily ruth December 17, 2007 at 1:56 pm

had me laughing out loud…once again:)

Erika December 18, 2007 at 7:35 am

As the mother of a few boys, I loved this post. Though they can be sentimental at times, mine are very similar to your’s in this post. Bursting my bubble and keeping me humble. Thanks for the telling.

Tara December 19, 2007 at 9:43 am

This story cracked me up. 🙂 Thanks for the smile!

Molly December 19, 2007 at 5:02 pm

OK, honestly, I hadn’t been feeling up to the holidays lately, what with how rough the beginning of the month has been, but your images here are making me feel… like maybe I’m going to make some gingerbread in the not-too-distant-future. 🙂

xox

sarah December 19, 2007 at 11:27 pm

ha! very sweet.

i look forward to finding some high speed internet so i can look at your photos and read of your time in japan. so far, sounds like an amazing adventure!

happy holidays to you and yours!

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