Boys Will Be Boys.

April 30th, 2008

What do you do when your excited son shows you the snake that he has just captured?  Do you get angry when the spiders that he gathered get loose in your house?  How do you feel when he comes home with his new outfit covered in mud?  I think that all Moms’ will agree that boys will be boys.

My son has always been terrified of bugs.  He liked to look from a distance, or on a brave occasion poke at them with a long stick, but the second a bug made any contact with his skin or clothing he would become terrified.  While I felt bad that he had this fear, I was also relieved in a way.  I have always heard that having a son would mean that he would always be dirty, and would bring home all kinds of bugs which I was not excited about.  Until recently, none of this had happened.

My husband took my son exploring in a nearby field.  He had never gone into the field because I had told him about all of the bugs and snakes in there; that did not sound fun to him.  However after exploring with Dad, he had a new appreciation for all of the creepy crawly things that he saw.

A few days later he told me that he had caught a bug.  I pictured a little ladybug or something and congratulated him. Minutes later he came up to me and had a large cricket on his arm.  It was crawling from hand to hand and arm to arm; my son was smiling from ear to ear.  I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, grab the camera, or hurry and get the bug off of him.

I watched for a minute and then thought to myself…boys will be boys.  One fear conquered, what will be next?

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By:  Vanessa Lee

Entry Filed under: Parent's Diary

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