You can't argue with logic

The other day, DearWife, the boys and I went to the end of our cul-de-sac and rode bikes. One of our neighbors came along with her girls. A few minutes before we were going to head home, BigBrother said he had to go potty.

I had a short internal discussion. "If I take him back, there will be much whining and crying. We won't really be able to come back. It's too close to dinner time. I don't like crying. Letting him pee his pants would probably irritate DearWife."

So I took him inbetween the big pine trees and told him to let loose. DW caught wind of what I was having BB do. She used the 'oh my god I can't believe you are doing this in front of the neighbors' tone of voice and an embarrased smile.

"Khyle, what on earth are you doing? There is a 4 year old girl here!"

It never occured to me that I would be scarring a 4 year old girl by letting BB pee on a pine tree. Besides, why would I want to rob him of one of the great joys of boyhood? The peeing outside is relegated to Cubs fans and boys. Women, of course, just don't understand.

Two days later, we were in the back yard. After a long hot day of the boys wading in our pool, it was time to change into regular clothes. LittleBrother (who, for the record, is going to be referred to as BAM BAM due to his extreme blond hair and general love of throwing things and throwing himself around) decided to get out of all his clothes outside.

DearWife thought it was incredibly cute. Oh, go swing, let me take a picture of your bare ass so I can embarrass you when you bring home your first girlfriend. So she let him run around for 15 minutes in public taking pictures while he was swinging face down.

Just think of the horror should that 4 year old have stepped outside and seen BamBam in all his glory. What would have happened?

Oh, wait. Nothing would have happened. Nevermind.


Anonymous said...

There is a big difference (to reasonable people) between a 2 year old running around naked in the privacy of his backyard and a 4 year old running around naked in the general neighborhood. The 2 year old is still a "cute toddler" while the 4 year old is a big boy. A big boy who has had the discussion about private parts staying private. As I'm sure the 4 year old girl neighbor has as well.


Khyle said...

I have no hold on being a reasonable person. Although I would say our back yard is not any more private than hidden amongst three large pine trees.

Let's ignore the fact that there was no one there when he got naked in our back yard, shall we?

MonkeyDragon said...

I predict that blogs are going to completely replace couples therapy some day . . .

I think of all the conversations I have with DH on the blogs . . .

MIL said...

Khyle, you did the right thing.