My 13 year-old son, MiniMe, has recently taken to spouting boy logic, his twist on things. His utterings seem perfectly rational to him. Me, not so much. Is boy logic the definition of oxymoron? Absolutely. So, here was today’s little tidbit, after I told him his efforts at cleaning his room were less than stellar. “But Mom,” he starts–I had to ask him to wait until I swallowed my coffee before sharing so that the coffee wouldn’t come out of my nose. I start backing up in the kitchen as he’s walking up on me…..
Mom, it’s like a new car getting dirty for the first time. He smiles a wicked little grin, the wheels in that head turning…..
“Really, how’s that son?”
A new car is shiny, the wood grain dash is buffed and glowing, the carpet pristine. Then the kids get in. Juice boxes, baby puke, Cheerios, ice cream, muddy shoes, french fries, you know, kid gunk.
“uh,hunh.” I’m still backing up, nostrils flaring, trying not to laugh.
And then you get the car cleaned. But is every really the same? I mean REALLY? No more new car smell, the carpet’s forever stained, the windows are forever smudged with boogers and fingerprints. Clean as you might, there’s still dirt and french fries EVERYWHERE-”
“And soooooo….” The laughing has started and I can see where it’s going.
Why bother? I’m mean really, Mom! That room’s had two other kids in there BEFORE me. And me and Number1Son together at some point too! The new room smell is long gone. Soooooooo looooong gone.
Still laughing, tears welling.
He’s grinning like the Cheshire Cat, all proud of himself, “hunh, hunh, right? Right? You know I’m right mom.”
Hmmmm. Well, he does have a point. Boy logic might have some validity after all. But I’ll never tell him that because his room looks and smells like a dead goat exploded in there. He’s 13, ‘nough said.
“Thank you son, for that morsel of wisdom. Clean up your room, and for God’s sake and everyone else’s, open the windows. Yes, I know it’s 40 degrees outside, put some socks on, you’ll be alright.”
Mommy Logic wins out EVERY time.
-Logically Speaking at the Edge