Saturday, January 19, 2008
Boys and Their Toys
Zach isn't usually receptive about doing chores around here, but surprisingly, when I asked him if he'd vacuum this morning, he jumped right on it. I noticed it was taking him quite a long time so I started watching him.
He adjusted the vacuum for the floor type, then he took out the duster attachment and dusted the vacuum. He pushed the vacuum around the living room floor for a bit and then he had to stop and use all the attachments. If there was a button, he pushed it, a lever, he pulled it. He emptied the bagless container and dusted it out, he fiddled with the filters.
Then I figured out what was going on with this child who's probably going to be world famous one day for being able to procrastinate about anything remotely resembling work. It's a new vacuum! It's got to be taken apart just to see how it works and if it can be put back together.
Is this a man/boy/male child thing? Has anyone else noticed this about the men/boys/male babies in their lives? Do you have pieces of "things" in the toy box/closet/basement/garage that were once whole? Do you dare throw any of these "things" away, or do you have to butt heads because "they know what that goes on/to and they're planning to fix it"? Do you see their eyes glaze over and a wild, wanting, look appear on their faces when there's a new tool, toy, motor, for them to put their hands on? Is that dangling thing on their Y chromosome what makes them do these things?
James has mostly grown out of this need but my son and grandson are still at it. I remember, back a few years ago, Jerri was a tad upset because Bubbie had taken a motor off of some piece of household equipment so he could put it on his remote control car. He wanted to see if he could make it go faster. I think he blew it up.
I hope everyone is having a great Saturday. I'm preparing myself, mentally, to take 3 boys to the movies and McDonald's tonight. Wish me luck!