A visit from the local fire department is always a highlight of a six-year-old boy’s day at home.
As the parent of two Large Smelly Boys, I come by my cynicism honestly.
Tips to prove it:
- Contractions will start in the middle of the night and will last for weeks.
- While having contractions, itâ€™s not wise to read about a Caesarian section without anesthesia.
- When fathers-to-be are asked to get a light, entertaining comedy at the video store to distract from contractions, itâ€™s not a good idea to come home with a foreign film with subtitles.
- Itâ€™s not a good idea to schedule the installation of a major appliance near a due date.
- Fathers-to-be should not try to convince their wives that a good baby name would be Homer Horatio Hicks.
- Mothers-to-be should tell their husbands that baby names should not have initials that look like a cow brand.
- The appeal of naming children after exotic geographical places where they were conceived loses a little cachet with â€œChevy.â€
- Sometimes babies smell better than Large Smelly Boys, but sometimes they donâ€™t.
- Husbands can sleep through wailing cries that are a higher decibel level than a jet engine.
- Parents will wonder why paint colors are not called â€œapplesauceâ€ and â€œCheerios.â€
- Memorize this physics formula: Distance = Poop Squared x Zippo Extra Clothes. Translation: The distance from home is directly proportional to how big a diaper will be blown out times no extra clothes.
- Children throw up in cars.
- Children throw up on planes.
- Children throw up on you.
- Memorize this physics formula: Distance = Vomit Squared x Zippo Extra Clothes.
- If children get an ear infection, it will be on a Friday night.
- If children are scheduled for an adenoidectomy, they will come down with chicken pox late the night before.
- Toddlers will not tell Mommys when they create a waterfall from a bathroom sink.
- Toddlers will not understand why Mommys have to clean up floods on three floors.
- Six-year-olds will put beans in their ears.
- Beans in the ears of six-year-olds will have to be pulled out by doctors.
- Three-year-old little brothers will then put beans in their ears.
- Beans in the ears of three-year-old little brothers will have to be pulled out by doctors who will tell parents that their children are not allowed in the kitchen anymore.
- Six-year-olds will be ticked when they are told they canâ€™t have the millionth cooked egg that week.
- The minute Daddys go upstairs six-year-olds will try to cook an egg in a Winnie-the-Pooh acrylic dish.
- Six-year-olds will think that punching a lot of 3s on the microwave will be enough time to cook an egg.
- Daddys who sing along with little brothers in the tub will not hear the smoke alarm blaring.
- Daddys who sing along with little brothers in the tub will not hear the phone ringing in order to reassure the security company.
- By the time Daddys hear the smoke alarm blaring and the phone ringing the Winnie-the-Pooh acrylic dish will be a charred molten mess.
- While Daddys open all the windows in the house they will be shocked that a new alarm comes with a very loud rumble from a very red truck.
- Six-year-olds do not have a problem with standing on the front porch wearing only skivvies and being thrilled at the sight of a very red truck … and with men in heavy coats, helmets and axes.
- Six-year-olds will attempt to do damage control by calling Mommys at work and complaining that they hurt their head when they knocked over a lamp and broke it and â€¦ oh yeah, a fire truck showed up today … and my head really hurts.
- Mommys will say, â€œWait a minute, back up. What was that part about the fire truck?”
- Six-year-olds already in the doghouse will not have a problem jumping on an elevator in a high-rise hotel and letting the doors close before Mommys or Daddys can get there.
- When eight-year-olds canâ€™t find Mommys who are around the corner counting squirrels with kindergarteners for homework, they donâ€™t have a problem calling 9-1-1.
- Eight-year-olds will explain that it was important because they wanted to do a computer game.
- Ten-year-old boys tell jokes about only one subject that starts with F-A-R-T.
- When little boys turn into milk-guzzling teenagers, buy a cow. Itâ€™ll be cheaper.
- Hairy-leg-infested teenagers will tease that their moms are just worried about having competition.
- Hairy-leg-infested teenagers will call their moms â€œThe Old Gray Hair.â€
- Hairy-leg-infested teenagers will call their moms â€œBackbeard.â€
- Parents will be surprised that teenage boys can still smell despite the fact that they take really long showers.
- Between really long showers, the recipe for cleaning Large Smelly Boys: Throw them in the cargo hold of a semi truck, drive to the beach, dunk them in the ocean, rinse with bleach, repeat.
- Pray for the day Large Smelly Boys fall in love with Lithe and Leggy Girls.
- Donâ€™t care that Lithe and Leggy Girls will break the hearts of Large Smelly Boys as long as the boys take a shower. And use shampoo.
- When teenagers start asking about learning to drive tell them two words: Bus Pass.
— Laura Grimes, with the real-life assistance of the Large Smelly Boys
If I grow up, I want to be a firefighter!