June 25, 2010

The Licking of the Elbow

We are in Atlanta. We were at dinner tonight when Bones and his brothers informed their Aunt Mo that the loose skin on your elbow is numb, right in the center... in particular if you lick it. (No clue why they know this...)

And the following conversation occurred to the best of my recollection:

Bones: And my brothers aren't allowed to do anything to me if I lick it and they don't feel it.

Ringo: Yeah, but he always misses.

Mr. T: Yeah, he hits us here (pointing to the side of the elbow) or here (pointing above it).

Ringo: He always misses.

Me: Or gets caught.

Mr. T: We catch him a lot. He breathes. We can feel his breath on our elbow too.

Bones: It's the air from my nose.

Mo: Really. Maybe if you're going to do this, you should quit breathing.

Me: Ringo and Mr. T will be walking ahead with their Dad and Bones will run up to lick them on the elbow, only to have them turn around have this wide eyed kid with his tongue sticking mid-air... ready for a lick.


Me: Mo, it's insane. The kid is constantly trying to lick our elbows to show we can't feel it. Do you have any idea what it's like, that no matter where you are, when you turn around, there is this kid bent to elbow level with his tongue out, perched, ready to lick your elbow?

Mo didn't say anything. It was a *blink* moment...

Posted by Boudicca at June 25, 2010 09:47 PM

I'm just blinking.

Posted by: Curtis at June 25, 2010 09:53 PM

Just for a day, I'd like to try living on Planet Bones...

Posted by: Mrs. Who at June 25, 2010 09:54 PM

He'll give it up when he switches from elbows to frogs, but don't tell him I said so.

Posted by: The Thomas at June 25, 2010 11:22 PM

Really, Bou, look for the silver lining. There are worse things he could lick! Take our boot licking President, for example ...

Posted by: PeggyU at June 25, 2010 11:45 PM


Posted by: Kris, in New England at June 26, 2010 08:58 AM

Just inform him that acording to experts that is only true if you lick your OWN elbow due to the nerve receptors in your own body canceling out. never works licking someone elses elbow. Hmph, everyone knows that.
Good luck on your trip. Invitation stands.

Posted by: K-Nine at June 26, 2010 12:59 PM

I remember my GranpaJoe, the doctor, who used to tell me and my older sister that the only thing one should ever stick in one's ear was your elbow. Too many night rescues to pull things out of my sister's ear. And no, I didn't do it, she did it. She was older than me and bigger than me and I have the pencil wounds to the back of the neck to prove it.

Posted by: Curtis at June 26, 2010 09:19 PM