Thursday, April 06, 2006


"Mahwee! Mahwee I got it!" "What do you have, Zach?" "I got it for you!" Zach comes to me, holding his finger triumphantly aloft. I recognize this pose. "Where did it come from, Zach?" Realise that I still do not know what "it" is, but I have my suspicions. "Did you get that out of your nose?" "Yeah!" "Well, here, let's wipe it off on a kleenex, okay?" Two minutes later, he again approaches me, finger aloft, beaming smile on his face. This, he is confident, is a sure-fire way to get immediate adult attention. Besides, he's proud of his excavating skills. I determine to disappoint on the reaction front. I give him a look of boredome. "Another booger?" I yawn. "But no more, okay? I'm not interested in boogers." "No?" The boy's illusions are crumbling. I don't like boogers? Boogers are boring? He contemplates the greenish mound on his finger. And pops it in his mouth.


Blogger jw said...

"pops it in his mouth." Mary, your writing cracks me up!!!!


4/06/2006 04:13:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Joel s said...

that's boys for ya. hahahahaa, classic.

4/06/2006 05:09:00 p.m.  
Blogger Angela said...

Ewww! But that's a three (? or is he 2, almost 3?? I have to scroll down a little!) year old for you. Now, you just have to teach him where the tissues are!

4/06/2006 05:13:00 p.m.  
Blogger Susan said...

At least it was from HIS nose and not someone else's . . .

4/06/2006 05:34:00 p.m.  
Blogger Granny said...

Joel, what in the world makes you think it's just boys?

The girls have finally outgrown it (at least in my presence).

4/06/2006 05:44:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

jw: I'se just reporting what I sees...

Joel: I'm thinking those things must taste good, or something. I've never seen a toddler who wouldn't chow down on them from time to time. Urgh.

Angela: No tissues for tots. If I were to let the kids at the kleenex boxes independently of me, I'd go through two or three a day. Tissues are even more fun than boogers, if that's possible!

Susan: And we all know that's entirely possible, don't we???

Granny: Yup, it seems to be an equal-opportunity past-time, this one. More's the pity... They all love farting and burping at this age, too, though the girls eventually outgrow the thrill.

4/06/2006 06:01:00 p.m.  
Blogger Granny said...

I spoke much too soon about outgrowing.

Rebecca just came screaming "Grandma, Rochelle just blew her boogers on me".

I think she sneezed without a tissue but even so maybe some never outgrow it. They're 10 and 11.

4/06/2006 06:36:00 p.m.  
Blogger kimmyk said...

oh puke. this lil tidbit about kids..i dont miss.

4/06/2006 06:39:00 p.m.  
Blogger Jenorama said...

ew. hahahahaha! I love your bored reaction. I will remember that one.

4/06/2006 10:22:00 p.m.  
Blogger Chag said...

My daughter has just recently made this wonderful "tasty" discovery. She even sneaks away to do it because she knows I don't approve.

4/06/2006 11:17:00 p.m.  
Blogger Queen Bee said...

Hmmm, he keeps his nose clear and clean of boogers, but his fingers and mouth... so contaminated.

Anyway to push for his cleanliness addiction from his nose onto other areas, places? Or maybe restrict his nose-finger affair only to the mornings when he's washing his face?

4/07/2006 05:59:00 a.m.  
Blogger L. said...

I admit it -- I have zero tolerance for booger-tasting. If I saw my kids do it, I went ballistic.
(Although I`m sure I did it myself, when I was small!)

4/07/2006 03:47:00 p.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

Thankfully, mine have tired of tasting them but my son still wants to deliver them to me! :(
DO the girls outgrow those other "thrills?" My daughter is still delighted with any noise her body can produce but she is 7 so maybe there is still hope.

4/07/2006 06:35:00 p.m.  
Blogger Kristen said...

Blech. I think my two have finally stopped tasting/eating their "discoveries"... I do still have the display problem, though. What don't they understand about kleenex? Is this a complicated scenario??

4/07/2006 11:34:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Granny: They're outgrowing it, I'd say. The reason Rebecca came screaming is because she knows it's gross. Our boy Zach thought he'd done something to be proud of...

Kimmyk: Sweet as babies and toddlers can be, there are lots of things not to miss. Snot-laden sneezes, boogers as snacks, and diapers probably head the list.

Jen: Some days the best reaction is no reaction. Many days. Most?

Chag: She sneaks away? Friend, you are 2/3 of the way there!!! In fact one of my stock responses (after "oh, yuck") is to say, "You do THAT in the bathroom. I don't want to see it. Then you wash your hands, because you're not touching anything with booger-fingers.")

QueenBee: Oh, this isn't a cleanliness addiction. This behaviour is more related to playing in mud puddles, finger painting, and fondling playdough. Nothing to do with hygiene concerns whatsoever! And yes, I do try to make them keep it to the bathroom (or, if they're too little to go there on their own, one particular corner of a room I can't see).

L: Oh, I hate it, too. I stopped the story short of my reaction, which was "AGH! ZACH!! YYYUUKKK!!" (Which, if he was after attention, was shooting myself in the foot, I know. If I see it again, I'll fake bored, but I think he genuinely just didn't know what else to do with it. Creative, no?)

Lorykc: Oh, she'll outgrow it, for sure. It may be another few years, though, but by somewhere between nine and thirteen, she'll almost certainly think that's all just "groooosss".

Kristen: It's pride of accomplishment, mom. I mean, some of those buggers, er, boogers, are BIG!

4/08/2006 06:58:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

15 comments on what? :-) Do we really loose our fastination? :-)

4/10/2006 12:23:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Ummmm. There seems to be a communication malfunction. I have no idea how to respond to that, because I have no idea what you just said. I'm sure it's just me... Sorry about that!

4/10/2006 01:18:00 p.m.  

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