Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Cleaning Questions

Musing about the process of keeping small faces clean. Why... ...do they fight a nose wipe like you're threatening to rip the nose from their face? ...do they hate having a tissue within a metre of their nose, but love having their finger at least that far up it? ...do they always pick that particular moment to swing their face suddenly to profile, causing a trail of snot to disappear into their left ear? ...does the tongue come out whenever you try to scrub their chin? ...do the eyes shut when you say, "Close your mouth, please"? ...does the mouth shut when you say, "Close your eyes, please"? ...will they happily play in filthy puddle water, but when you present them with clean water, they suddenly develop intense fear of the stuff? ...when you put a tissue to their nose and say, "Blow!", they sniff, but when there's no tissue in sight, they blow like blazes? ...do they only get those huge "blow-out" projectile snot sneezes when someone, or someone's food, is directly in the line of fire? Just wondering...


Blogger Kevin B said...

Yep, my kids have always had a problem blowing their noses into tissues as well. That is certainly a strange phenomena! Now, on another strange note... I think my 11-yr old son is resolved to go the entire summer without taking a regular bath or shower - we've had this discussion for about a week now, he figures that's what the swimming pool is for, hmmm? I supposed I'll have to get serious about this issue soon, but I haven't smelled a really bad whiff of body odor quite yet. Well, thank goodness my girls aren't like that! Yuk!

6/21/2005 02:24:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Mary P said...

My son (16) is still like that. He seems to believe that if he puts on enough "man-scented" anti-perspirant, he'll fool people into thinking he's clean. Wrong! He just smells like a goat wearing Speed Stick Sport.

He's even had a couple of girlfriends, which I thought would start some Personal Hygiene Awareness, but no, that didn't change his pattern, either. (Maybe that's why they're now both former girlfriends...)

Love the boy, hate his B.O. What's a mother to do? When it gets too much, I throw his MP3 player into the bathroom as bait, and lock him in until he's showered. Sooner or later, though, he'll catch on to my ruse and lock the thing up.

6/21/2005 02:55:00 p.m.  
Blogger Aginoth said...

kids don't ya love em :o)

My 3 are the same

6/21/2005 03:27:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Mary's daughter said...

You will be shocked to know that when that 16-year-old boy was here visiting me in March he requested a towel and showered of his own initiative - repeatedly!
Methinks it might have something to do with the fact that he was living with, and showing off for, three or more sophisticated (and CLEAN) university girls. Ooh ooh.
So that's your solution: have a parade of cute university girls through the house at all times, and the boy will keep clean.
Also, for the record, it's Axe he's wearing these days. He also made me and a few other girls choose the "best smelling one" for him while he was here. Heehee.

6/21/2005 04:11:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Mary's daughter said...

ps: if he reads this blog, I am in for some serious beatings when I come home this weekend.

6/21/2005 04:11:00 p.m.  
Blogger Kevin B said...

Well, I guess I'll have to put up with a few more years of 11 yr son's non-bathing until his interest in girls kicks in. I can hold my nose and wait for that. Thanks for the words of hope.

6/21/2005 04:33:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

He showered more than ONCE? In the SAME WEEK?? Now why wouldn't he do that for his girlfriends?? (And I checked on his dresser. Right now it's Old Spice Red. Wonder what happened to Axe?)

Axe: now there's a nice he-man scent name for you...

6/21/2005 05:31:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Mary's daughter said...

Ah yes. The Axe may very well be at Dad's. He tried to get me to buy him two, one for each house, but nothing doing.

6/21/2005 05:50:00 p.m.  
Blogger Candace said...

My son doesn't like the way blowing his nose makes his ears feel. Alrighty then.

And I must have married the world's cleanest man. He says (and this is verified by his mother) that he would shower AT LEAST twice a day during adolesence. In the summer, even now, he showers AT LEAST twice a day.

Not that I'm complaining.

6/21/2005 09:04:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Mary P said...

Actually, the nose-blowing/ear connection makes sense. When you're stuffed up, doesn't blowing your nose sometimes make your ears pop uncomfortably? And if he has any sinus issues (I live with a man who does), it can even be painful. How's about that?

Yer man is clean, fer sure. What are your water bills like?

6/21/2005 09:39:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Si said...

Very Funny, and apt.

6/22/2005 05:50:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Si said...

It pays to bathe


6/22/2005 06:43:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Mary P said...

Thanks, Si. That Roald Dahl is a weird one.

6/22/2005 07:01:00 a.m.  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

Thank goodness for daughters! Bathed every other day whether they need it or not. They love their bathtimes, as long as they have lots of bath toys, they're happy. Sometimes it's hard getting them out.

6/22/2005 08:56:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

When he was three, the boy loved his bath. Wouldn't come out till he was a prune. Don't know what happened between then and now! If your girls go as most do, though, they won't lose the joy of cleanliness, lucky you!

6/22/2005 11:35:00 a.m.  

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