Boys Will Be Boys

Over the years as God kept adding boy after boy after boy after boy to my brood, I came to identify with the rough and tumble nature of our home. I was a prissy girl, so I had a lot to learn.

But, I found that God early on blessed me with an appreciation for all the testosterone pumping throughout my house. I have a fierce, Mama-Bear love for my boys.

Recently one of the challenges we’ve faced has been some small-scale brawls amongst the FishBoys. Nothing major, but enough for me to cry out to the Lord, “But, my children weren’t supposed to fight.”

I’m sure God got a great chuckle out of that one.

Last week one FishBoy gained a small scratch on his face after a little tousling. Following the incident, one morning’s breakfast discussion went like this.

FishPapa to me: Did you see FishBoy’s scratch?
FishBoy (with enthusiasm): Yeah. I hope it leaves a scar.
FishPapa: Only a boy would say that.
(FishBoys all look quizzically at me.)
FishMama: A girl would say, (in a squeeky voice of despair)”Oh my goodness! It’s going to be there forever!”

They thought that was hilarious! Their looks said it all: And this is a bad thing?

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  1. I can relate. I was completely unprepared for how different raising girls is from raising boys. My first two are boys, followed by two girls. We just added the tiebreaker, a boy, earlier this year, so it will be interesting to see how the dynamics evolve. I’m looking forward to the challenge, though!

  2. Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart says:

    That is so funny. Love the picture.

  3. I’m an only child of a single Mother…and then I had my daughter…so it was all girls in my family. My son has certainly kept me on my toes!! It is SO much different raising a boy….and he’s only 20 months! I’m sure I have MUCH more to look forward to as my little man becomes a big man.

  4. Mrs. Querido says:

    LOL..the differences in how the genders think..hilarious! 🙂

  5. Wow! That makes for interesting table conversation. So you know which one made the scarring scratch? I hope it was a graze and not a forever scratch.

  6. Nil Zed says:

    I had 4 brothers, and there was majority of boy cousins too, so I know all about the scar business.

    I was thrilled to have two daughters! Sisters! said sisterless me, ‘always have each other!’ my mom and aunt laugheda. As it turns out, their personalities are fire and ice. if they weren’t sisters, they aren’t each others ‘type’ for friendship, though they do support each other when the chips are down.

    Now, I have a boy. Born so much later than his sisters, he’s like an only child. Let’s see where this goes.

  7. FishMama says:

    Yes, Jame, we know who is The Claw. But, we are protecting his identity. A few days at the pool seem to have faded it. Chlorine does wonders for cuts and chigger bites.

  8. LOL, yes, my son reminds me, they’re not scars, they’re “battle wounds.”

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