i love calvin and hobbes. first of all because it's the only comic strip i actually find funny most of the time, and also because as a mother of three boys i can appreciate the insights into what it means to have sons. here are some things i've learned about boys over the years:
#1--boys are curiously resistant to learning good bathroom habits. i made this gentle reminder for my boys in photoshop yesterday, and hung it right above the toilet. they seemed to think it was hysterical. i'm really cashing in on all those "mom is hilarious" points while they last.
#2--boys are like walking, talking, injuries in the making. on monday malcolm decided to launch himself out of my arms and right at the marble windowsill, resulting in this awesome shiner. we've been calling him little pharaoh all week cause it looks like make-up or something. this was the day after i had to dig a giant thorn out of ilya's hand and observe the multitude of scrapes and bruises sashka accumulates playing on his scooter in a driveway covered in rocks. you can send my parent of the year award to me at any time. i'll be waiting by the mailbox.
#3--no matter how hard you try to instill peace-loving principles in your boys, you quickly learn that any and everything can be turned into a gun. or a sword. that's the hose attachment for our vacuum up there. brooms, paper towel tubes, legos, kitchen utensils...all of these are weapons of choice in our house.
#4--being wet is good. being dirty is good. being wet and dirty is definitely ideal.
#5--boys hate shopping. i hate shopping with boys. they whine, they wail, they ask, "why do we have to go to the mall??" over and over.
shopping FOR boys isn't that fun either, because, let's face it, they just don't make a lot of cute clothes for male children. it's mostly a lot of dinosaur related t-shirts and jeans. i'm cool with that, really, not being that into clothes to begin with. but every once in awhile i find something for them that i just LOVE, like this orange and white sweater hoodie thing. it's just so CUTE!
in general i have to say that while it would be interesting to have a girl, i'm definitely okay with having a house full of dirty, violent, pee dripping, constantly injured and style-challenged little boys. because they're fun. and because when nobody else is around i have a perfectly appreciative audience for my secretly spectacular belching.