September 26, 2005

I Think HIS Dad is Tougher than MY Dad

Five third graders in my car. Today. All boys. Never having been an 8 year old boy, I cannot possibly conceive of how they think.

Stories. There were many stories. Stories that seemed probable… but then became larger than life.

There were neighbors who owned peacocks and a Dad who wrestled a big alligator that lived in a ditch next to the house. That one for some reason had some ring of truth to it. To hear an 8 year old say, “We had to call Animal Control…” just seemed too logical to be part of a made up story. Whether Dear Old Dad actually wrestled that gator is another matter.

A couple of these boys are really into watching BMX on TV as well as skateboarding. I heard names that are evidently legendary by their standards, but recognized only one, Tony Hawk, as I’ve seen computer games with his name on it. Otherwise, that name would have been lost on me as well.

And so the stories were told as we made the 40 minute haul to the Planetarium and the 40 minute haul back to school… boys who got stuck in the nose by fishing hooks. Boys who had enormous toads stuck in their commodes (that would be my boy, by the way). And one boy who said nothing, but just took it all in.

I kept prompting him, afraid he thought perhaps he could not get a word in with these 4 other chatty boys. He kept insisting, “I don’t have any stories.”

Heh. I can see why. Who can top Peacocks as pets and a Dad who wrestles gators?

Posted by Boudicca at September 26, 2005 09:14 PM | TrackBack

These are my favorite posts...the hilarity of everyday. I always read these out loud.....

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at September 26, 2005 10:05 PM

here where I live if a little one told me about his poppa wrestling a gator I would believe every word of it. This is cracker country and there are a bunch of 'em who would wrestle an 8' gator just for the hell of it and then eat the thing when they were done with the fun.

Posted by: GUYK at September 26, 2005 11:14 PM

I think the most exciting thing my boys have seen so far is Dad catching a wasp in the house and letting it go outside.

Posted by: vw bug at September 27, 2005 06:59 AM

I'm waiting on the stories my boys tell. I know that Boopie tells his friends stories about me swinging swords, shooting Brit's, owning my own artillary and throwing tomahawks.

I know because half of his friends at school don't believe him and will ask me if it's true. And in most cases they are... he exagerates a little, but that's okay.. he come's by it honestly. :)

Posted by: Contagion at September 27, 2005 09:03 AM

I've watched Tony Hawk...and he's really awesome..really. He's a string bean and he does these things with a skateboard that are truly just awe inspiring for any age or any gender...

Posted by: Kelly at September 27, 2005 09:15 AM