Thursday, October 04, 2007

A Novel Concept

Little Dude has a thing lately for brushing his hair. Every time he's in the bathroom he points up to the shelf where the brush is and says, "Uh! Uh!" (Which translates roughly to "Father, I'd like to brush my hair now, please.")

This evening we were in the bathroom and he pointed and said "Uh! Uh!" so I picked him up with one arm, grabbed the brush with the other, and brushed his pretty blond locks. "You like brushing your hair, don't you, Little Dude? Gotta look your best for the--"

Then I stopped and thought, You know, I really don't want to assign my children sexual preferences before they're old enough to declare them themselves. There does appear to be, after all, a gay gene in the family, and I don't want to put any undue--

And then I stopped and thought, You know, he's one year old. He doesn't care about looking good for guys or girls. He wants to brush his hair because he's a toddler and brushing his hair is New and Exciting. Perhaps I should stop projecting adult sentiments onto my--

And then I had some other thought, which I no longer recall and was surely irrelevant to this post.


Samantha said...

I'll finish your sentence. Gotta look your best for the masses.

There. Now his possibilities are infinite.

Mrs. Hass-Bark said...

I love that he articulates so much with so few noises. Perhaps we can all learn a lesson from LD.

Mr. said...


Bad idea, Miss Hass. I tried communicating wholly in grunts for an entire week once and Lady Steed nearly killed me. And the sentiments were so pure and refined! But the medium didn't carry that too well.

Anonymous said...

i gave my daughter trucks and cars and my son a doll (named jimmy after jimmy carter), to no avail.

must admit though i was relieved when both kids demonstrated hetero preferences

NEC said...

You were relieved when your kids demonstrated hetero preferences? Care to explain why? Are faggy fourth graders too demanding?

It may be better for everyone to keep kids' sexual prefs open and flexible instead of rigidly declaring that, "Oh good, they've shown a pref for X- we can all rest easy now."

Tolkien Boy said...

Here's a suggestion:

"Gotta look your best while you still have hair."

I realize this might unnecessarily convince him that he's male, but that's a risk you have to take when you're raising children.

Kengo Biddles said...

I have to say I like Samantha and Tolkien Boy's suggestions the best.