Wednesday, June 20, 2007

our resident naked bilingual moral apostle

Boy11 seems to have multiple personalities. He has absolutely no qualms about stripping down and running through the house stark naked, showing us everything he's got (which ain't much at the moment, thank goodness). He also delights in telling us in minute detail exactly which stop Boy14 is at on his journey through puberty. I'm happy for these somewhat graphic updates since I don't think I've seen Boy11's much more modest brother unclothed since he was about 8 years old. Although bathroom jokes abound between the both of them, it's like these kids are from two different planets.

But it's a very different story with Boy11 if WE start talking about "below the belly button" things of a recreational or procreational nature. Either he just doesn't want to hear it or has very concrete views on the subject of what is right and proper. And as usual, he likes to mix his languages a bit just to make sure I'm paying attention.

Me: Umm, Don't you think it's about time to put your pants back on?

Boy11: Oh, OK. Hey, did I tell you about the special surprise visitor our German teacher brought to school?

Me: You said you thought it might be a baby. Was it?

Boy11: No, it was just a Handpuppe*.

Me: Does Frau S. even have a baby? Is she going to have one soon?

Boy11: I'm not sure. She's not married, you know!

Me: Well, you don't have to be married to get pregnant and have a baby. We've talked about that before.

Boy11: I know, I know, but YOU didn't do that, did you? YOU were married BEFORE you got a baby**, right?

Me: Yes, Papa and I were married for a couple of years before I got pregnant with Boy14.

Boy11: Of course! That's the RIGHT way. FIRST you have to kennenlern yourselves!!

*hand puppet
**ein Baby bekommen translated literally into "get a baby" in English
***kennenlernen is a verb meaning "to get to know", "meet" or "make someone's aquaintance"

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At June 20, 2007 6:53 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Aaaah. But think back.... Not only are the kids on different planets at this stage, but the 40+ (us) are in a totally different universe! Mum's aren't supposed to "do bathroom jokes".

Boy 11 is too funny. Was boy 14 also like that at that age?

Last but not least: At least you did it the "right way" ;)

At June 20, 2007 7:01 p.m., Blogger Poppy Fields said...

My two girls are very different about this, too. One could dance in front of the window in her birthday suit and the other has to hide it all.

At June 20, 2007 10:14 p.m., Blogger Trac said...

Oh yeah... my boys are total opposites to each other too!

I like your boy11's style! I agree with him completely... always best to 'make someone's aquaintance' before you have children with each them I reckon!? ;)

At June 21, 2007 1:29 a.m., Blogger Dixie said...

He's too much, isn't he? I just love how he's his own person with his own ideas and is willing to tell you about them.

At June 21, 2007 8:03 a.m., Blogger christina said...

CanSwiss- Boy14 wasn't like that AT ALL even though we brought them both up the same (or at least we think we did!), that's why were always so amazed at what the little guy comes up with.

poppy fields - Having two kids with completely different personalities really makes you think about "nature vs. nurture" doesn't it?

Trac - Right now he's horrified at the fact that people "do it" at all. I told him he'll probably change his mind in a couple of years and be stealing the girls away from his brother.

Dixie - He's always been a unique character and we just run with that and let him be himself. It can be VERY entertaining. Boy14 says he's "better than TV". :-)

At June 21, 2007 2:43 p.m., Blogger Betsy said...

Actually I'll bet Boy11's "kennenlernen" comment was a subtle biblical reference.

My recollection is shady, but aren't there a lot of people in there who begat children after "knowing" each other? ;-)

At June 21, 2007 3:21 p.m., Blogger tinakala said...

Nice and traditional views the kid has. And you say he doesn`t know what decent is (the pants issue)!

At June 22, 2007 12:09 a.m., Anonymous Kiwi_kath said...

He's adorable! What a nice way to look at it, too. He's going to be quite a catch one day.

Although I recommend he put pants on before then.

At June 22, 2007 2:31 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Betsy - Could be, although he hasn't been anywhere near a bible since he was born. :-)

tina - Yep, he sees nothing wrong with him being naked as longs as everyone else keeps their clothes on.

kiwi - Well, right now he thinks girls are evil, but I'm sure they'll be knocking down the door any day now. He only does the pants thing at home. In public he's a total prude. Go figure. :-)

At June 25, 2007 3:22 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

OMG. Talk about LOL! And since I've met both your boys more than once, this is even funnier, Christina. I love it!

Donica and I often talk about my 2 kids and how different they are when it comes to so many things. AND they're both Libras! AND they were both raised in the same way (we think, as you said!). Hmmm. Nature vs. Nuture. You're so right. You'll be blogging about this when YOUR kids are in their 30s!


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