July 29, 2006

Hipless in West Palm Beach

Bones wears his pants slung low. I don’t know why, but I think there are a couple reasons. I think the first is that low slung pants have been around since his conception and as a preschooler, that's what we found in stores. The second is the kid… he has no hips. We call him Bones for a reason. So his pants have always hung, there is nothing to keep them up.

My other boys are not shaped as he is. No kidding, he is rail thin… which makes sense as he is in perpetual motion. That hyperactivity thing he has burns those calories.

So earlier this week I had him try on his school shorts for the new school year. Last year’s shorts no longer fit, so I had him try on The Professor’s. We suspect Bones will be taller than The Professor within the next couple years, but as of now, we’re safe with handing down. And The Professor in turn will be wearing Ringo’s shorts and Ringo is getting… new shorts.

Bones would put on a pair of The Professor’s shorts and pull the waist band down to his hip bones. If it was tight, they were deemed too small. Forget the fact that if he wore them as they were made to be worn, they’d fit.

He walked over to show me and I said, “Dude, the crotch is hanging down to your knees…” and he said, “I know! This is how I like them!”

And so I have my child who goes to private Catholic school, wearing his pants like a gangsta, except his shirt is tucked in and his undies don’t show.

There is no showing of the undies in Catholic school.

Two nights ago I was rewatching one of my favorite movies with my family, Field of Dreams. I love that movie. I always cry.

Wait. I don’t like it because it makes me cry. I hate crying. I just really enjoy the movie and on a side note, it makes me cry. I become a total onion head by the end of that movie.

Anyway, so Bones is watching it with me, his little body spooned into mine, and all the old timey baseball players are playing their game and at one point, they all walk up to the sideline and the camera does close up shots of them in their uniforms and Bones says:

“Wow. Look how high up they wear their pants. I’d hate that. I could NEVER wear my pants like that…”

It was just so funny. I guess their pants look a bit higher than even we adults wear ours… but not much. To Bones, however, they were HIGH. Really high.

I wonder how he’s going to adjust as an adult in the suit and tie world or the military… where people don’t wear their pants off their hips…

Posted by Boudicca at July 29, 2006 10:05 PM | TrackBack

I swear, whenever you write about your son, it's as if your writing about mine. My son also has no hips and can pull on his pants without unbuttoning and unzipping them.

Posted by: michele at July 30, 2006 12:36 AM

I keep a pink belt and pink yarn in my classroom for the boys who wear their pants too low. After that, they remember to wear their own belts.

Posted by: Mrs_Who at July 30, 2006 11:46 AM

I broke my boys from wearing their pants around their knees real early. They had two choices. Up or down. Usually, if there was a girl in the vacinity I yanked them down and if not they got a wedgie from hell. It wasn't an issue for very long.

Posted by: Sticks at July 30, 2006 01:56 PM

Not only did men wear their trousers up very high back in the old days, but show Bones an old 16mm film from the 30's and see how fast they walk.

Posted by: Angus of Perth at July 30, 2006 01:58 PM

Michele- he does that. He doesn't have to unbutton or unzip. He is completely straight. Oddest thing I've ever seen. Cute as all get out, but odd...

Mrs_Who- He always wears a belt. Is even insistent on it.

Sticks- It's not a battle I pick. If you knew what happened in this house, you'd so get why I don't.

Dad- So... ummm... do you have any of this so called film? Heh heh heh!

Posted by: Bou at July 30, 2006 09:16 PM

I'm pretty lucky. My boys don't usually wear their pants around their knees.
Boy must be 'just so'- you know the jock look.
Little Man- well, he tries, but it never works out.
He has resigned himself to wearing big baggy pants instead of pants around his knees!

Posted by: Rave at July 31, 2006 09:35 AM

Ain't nuthin' wrong with wearing them low. It's comfy and you can do it so as not to look gangsta.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at July 31, 2006 04:39 PM