Sunday, December 7, 2008

Grandy Feels So Pretty

As the mother of a boy, I feel it is my duty to help enlighten my son on what might work with the girls, and what won't.

If Hubby does one of his dumbass man moves cute little mistakes and well...happens to say, "Honey, your 29" inch ass is blocking my 29" screen." (Oh yes he DID...albeit years ago but there is NO statute of limitations on a statement like that!) That opportunity is usually highlighted in the Grandy home as a learning tool for Little Grandy.

You know what I mean, right?

See what your Dad just did, Honey? Yeah? Good. Don't EVER do that! Ever.

Or how about this one???

Grandy says very excitedlyafter dieting for a couple months. - "Look honey!! I don't have to wear your big T-shirts to hide my belly anymore!!"

To which Hubby responds and almost loses his life - "Why? Are you buying bigger shirts?"

See what your Dad just did, Honey? Yeah? Good. Don't EVER do that! Ever.

Now as he is learning to communicate, my son will try to start a statement with, "No offense Mom..." or "Don't take this the wrong way..." And usually we talk about his statements and we separate what is being honest and what is better left unsaid, or if his statement is one that would even make one offended. I'm really quite proud of the way we can talk about these things.

For instance, one night Hubby and I were getting ready to go out and I was putting on my make-up. Ty comes into the bathroom and says, "Ummmm Mom? Don't take this the wrong way, but you look really good without your glasses."

That is obviously a compliment, and I'm training him well. We discussed that when he says something like that, he's paying someone a compliment and doesn't have to start it out with the first part. He said he just didn't want me to worry that I looked bad with them (he's so sweet).

I truly feel he will make a G-R-E-A-T Hubby himself someday. If I can teach my son nothing else, it will be how to communicate with people. I owe him that.

But alas...with every star pupil, there is bound to be a few set backs. ::sigh::

Recently he walks into my bathroom as I'm getting ready to go out (again), my favorite perfume recently spritzed for luck, and he walks in...coughs...GAGS...and says, "Holy crap, MOM!! What's that stink? It's horrible!!"

::sigh::

Oh well. I feel compelled to stay on task and look at the greater good that is being done. Another learning opportunity is before us.

Yeah...you know what you just said? Yeah? Good. Don't EVER do that! Ever.

20 comments:

Joyce-Anne said...

I believe Ty will make a fabulous husband someday also. But, meanwhile, I guess it's two steps forward and one step back.

storyteller said...

With such lessons from you, I'm sure he'll learn all he needs to know ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

They don't always catch on right away, do they?

LadyJava said...

I know exactly what you mean.. hehe.. Men sometimes say the meanest thing without realising it.. I just pinch hubs and laugh it off..lol!!

I'm sure with your teachings.. your son would turn out differently though.. here's hoping :)

Suzanne said...

Aww, he's got many years and lessons before he's ready to leave the Grandy nest. :)

dkuroiwa said...

~~sigh~~ Men. Gotta love 'em dontcha? (it'd be too hard to bury the evidence otherwise!!)
the other day, as I was modeling a pair of jeans i actually wore when we were dating (about 14 years ago!) he says to me..."you were that thin?"
grrrrrrrrr. I flipped him off and walked away. he still doesn't get why i did that. grrrrrrr again.
~~sigh~~

chris said...

I do a good job in saying the right stuff with regards to my wife's appearance specially when the boys are around. What I always mess things up is my sarcasm.

The Hawg! said...

Men are absolutely terrible at giving their sons advice on how to deal with women. We don't understand women. I've been married twice and I don't have a damned clue.

I'll give you an example. My wife told me that, before long, I'd have to have "the talk" with our 12-year-old son.

I said my talk would go something like this -- "Son, I'm going to tell you two things. First of all, I used to be happy. Then I started noticing girls. Second, if you ever get a girl pregnant while you're living under my roof, don't bother coming home because I will kill you as soon as you walk through the door. Now, go study and make something of yourself."

I may have avoided being tapped for advice on that issue. So, score one for the crafty husband!

onthecurb said...

Oh, I hate those "Don't take this the wrong way, but..." statements. There never is any other way to take them but the "wrong" way around here. My self-esteem...if you find it, can you put in a box and ship it this way? I'll even pay for the shipping on my own self-esteem.

Ty sounds like an awesome young man. Even if he's not into perfume. Just a sensitive sniffer, that's all.

EastCoastLife said...

Ty is going to be a great husband when he grows up! I wish I had a daughter. :)

Tricia said...

Your future daughter-in-law will thank you a million times over for insisting on all these lessons.

Dan Brantley said...

I have to keep reminding myself that the two male teenage slugs we have laying around the house, who would rather drop a t-shirt on the floor instead of extending their arm away from their body and dropping it in the open hamper.... that these two stinky guys... when out of the house, are universally praised by other parents and adults for their manners and respect. Now if they could only bring some of it home.

Monica said...

I'm sure he'll make a great husband and father one day!!! ;-)

Jen said...

While you are doing a wonderful job on teaching him good communication skills...please remember to explain to him when the time is appropriate, that girls, chicks, ladies, women, (and a bunch of other names) do not appreciate a man who bathes in AXE!

Grandy said...

Joyce-Anne~ One LEAP back. :)

storyteller~ Thanks Lady!!

Jenn~ Not always...or ever. That depends.

LJ~ Here's to that hope!!

Suzanne~ Oh good, there's still time!!

Grandy said...

DK~ ~~sigh~~ is right.

Chris~ You got me there!! I do slipin that arena. Can't.help.it!

Hawg~ Oh...you subscribe to the "If I threaten to screw it up big time, they won't bother asking" club. ;)

Dee~ It's on it's way...but I make no promises it will be there before Christmas.

ECL~ HA! That's funny!! Me too!!

Grandy said...

Tricia~ Well she won't be thanking me when he's such a sissy while he's sick. ;)

Dan~ You are right. I often get praise about Ty and am very grateful. He's only a turd with me and Hubby.

Monica~ Thanks girlie! I appreciate you stopping by!!

Jen~ EXCELLENT note!!! :)

Jessi said...

Haha, awwwww!!

Momisodes said...

Oh I'm sure he'll be perfect hubby material by the time he's ready to leave the nest.

But OMG! I can't believe hubby said that!

Grandy said...

Jessi~ ::gushing with pride:: He's sweet huh?

Sandy~ DON'T get me started. ;)