Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Gallery - Boys


I remember standing next to a rather fraught mum in a supermarket who was trying unsuccessfully to stop her son whacking his brother with a roll of tin foil.  She looked at me wearily and said,   'Boys. They can make a weapon out of anything.'
I nodded and smiled and looked down at my then tiny little chubby cheeked gorgeous bundle of first born boy. I honestly hadn't a clue what she was talking about.
You see at that point I only knew about girls. I have three sisters, just about all my cousins are girls and our little baby was the first boy to join the family in years.

I now have two boys who can make weapons out of anything.


Typical boys really.


And as frustrating as these sometimes rough, grubby, lazy, messy little treasures can be, I think I've got the measure of them.
I know what makes them happy, sad, bored, helpful. I know what they'll listen to and what they'll probably ignore.
I know they won't dwell or be too devious - apart from stealing biscuits, which they're pretty useless at because they never hide the evidence. On the whole I feel I know where I am with my boys, and that makes things a little more straightforward. At the moment!

They do still surprise me though, with sudden spontaneous hugs, sweet little notes and the occasional disarming compliment. I'll never forget coming downstairs, dressed up for a night out, and my then 3 year old saying, 'nice shoes mummy!'
Sometimes my boys leave me speechless.
Just not always for the right reasons...

The Gallery theme this week is BOYS!

22 comments:

  1. lovely pictures, and it certainly is a boy thing about making weapons out of anything, my brother once used a CareBear to hit me with!! lol

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  2. Love the cartwheel image, my daughter is a big fan of cartwheels

    Mollyxxx

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    1. I used to cartwheel all over the place when I was little - tried recently when my son was having a go, and don't think I'll be rushing to do it again!

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  3. I knew nothing of boys until I had my son. They definitely makes weapons out of anything and can be so mischevious but they are super sweet when they want to be. Lovely photos.

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    1. The boys do drive me bonkers sometimes but they've completely won me over! Thanks Laura :)

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  4. Aww, sweet. I can't imagine my daughter (who's now 12) complementing me on anything that I wear. She's more likely to say "you look disgusting, mum." It's very demoralising! xx

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    1. you know, I can't remember paying my mum any compliments - must ask her if I did! The boys have said some gorgeous things - always out of the blue. Very special xx

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  5. Eeek! My one and only boy (three big sisters) is about to turn two. This is a rather scary glimpse into the future!

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    1. don't be scared!! It's mostly all good! I feel so close to my boys - sometimes just know what my eldest is going to say before he says it.

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  6. Hehe they really can! My 2 year old jabbed me in the eye with t a crayon the other day...No more crayons! (for a bit!) Your little lad is so cute although he looks grown up in the last pic :)

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    1. ouch! I've had a pencil in the eye - AGONY!!

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  7. I love this! I'm finding my boyu easier than my girl, but then I had 2 younger brothers. I agree about them making weapons out of everything though. I had a friend with 2 boys a little older than mine - I remember her telling me a story about making pancakes with a friend who had 2 girls. Her friend's girls carefully helped make the batter and tried to toss pancakes as they had been shown. Then one of Gwyn's boys stepped up to the mark, filled a pan with batter, swung it round and managed to chuck the whole lot through the kitchen window...

    Your pictures are gorgeous, as ever

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    1. Thanks R :) Really funny story - sure it wasn't so funny at the time! Can imagine it though - my boys don't spend a lot of time thinking about 'what happens next if...' Not great at thinking ahead!

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  8. How lovely! What sensitive young chaps you have. Remember, they are going to be husbands, or partners, one day and the kinder and more sensitive they are to the opposite sex, the happier they'll make their partners! To keep their future partners sane, the very least their mums can do is to insist that their young lads put the loo seat down!(Sorry I get so mad when grown men leave my loo seat up! Am I unreasonable?)

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    1. Not at all! Mine are quite good at this, though still not great at pulling the chain!!

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  9. I am going to have to keep on reading your blog for hints - you seem to know your boys. After five years with a little girl DB is a shock to the system!

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    1. I can just imagine! Its been the other way round for me with two boys then a girl - also a steep learning curve!

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  10. Gorgeous photos :) Sometimes I am amazed at the difference having a son is to having a daughter. I thought the tales about little boys were just that...tales. But I have a typical noisy, grubby energetic boy and he is tiring...and I love it :)

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