I have a theory that I think you will find fascinating, especially all you boy mommas. I have had years to develop it and I really believe it to be accurate and reliable.
So here's my theory. I have come to believe that when a boy begins to notice a girl, really notice a girl, he will take a shower and use soap. He will probably use shampoo, too.
It’s true. Let me give you some evidence that I believe supports my theory.
When my oldest was coming along, I had to tell him to go upstairs and take a shower… and use soap…. on all body parts. I tried saying things like, “Get all the way in the shower” or “Get everything wet” but those directions were not specific enough because night after night, he would come down smelling like a wet dog.
I would ask, “Why do you smell like a wet dog?”
He would say, “I dunno.”
I would ask, “Did you use soap?”
He would say, “You didn’t tell me to use soap.”
I would say…well never mind.
Anyway, I had to learn to be very precise with the bathing instructions. And yet, somehow, he just never seemed to be able to get it right.
Then one day, he started using soap – and shampoo without me uttering a word. Not only that, but he started caring about whether or not his clothes matched. He even cared about how his hair looked.
I was dumbfounded.
Then, there she was.
She evidently thought cleanliness was important. She also had a good eye for style, and because of this, his clothing style changed. He went from a camo, boots with gym shorts kinda teenager to a white polo with yellow shorts kinda teenager.
Who would have ever thought it? Certainly not me.
Well, he married her, and I will be forever indebted to her. She did in just a few months what I had tried and failed to do for 16 years.
Was this all coincidence, a maturity thing that sets in around age 16?
But lately, I’ve noticed a change in one of my other boys. He, too, has struggled with the whole soap concept. At one time, he thought that if he squeezed the bottle of shampoo onto his head, stood under the shower, and let the suds trickled down that it would count as washing with soap.
I want you to know that he has started to shower without me uttering a word, twice a day, sometimes three times. I, of course, had to put a stop to that because according to my water bill, either there are too many showers going on in my house or I am watering every yard in my neighborhood.
Even more startling than the number of showers is the fact that after the showers he smells, well, like he took a shower…and used soap.
But the last few days have brought unprecedented changes. The other night he did his homework without me threatening bodily harm. Actually, I don’t threaten bodily harm anymore because apparently, the loss of the cell phone is way more traumatic than bodily harm. I didn’t even ask him if he had homework. He just grabbed the laptop and started working.
Then this morning, he came down stairs and with an all grown up, serious-like attitude said, “I think this conditioner is really helping my hair.”
I don’t even know what to say to that.
So, is this new attitude due to age or has he noticed a girl? If it is because he has noticed a girl, then she obviously takes school and personal hygiene seriously…and the conditioning of one’s hair.
So my theory is that when a boy notices a girl, something in his brain says, "Hey, why don’t we start taking showers and while we're at it, let's use soap?" And then he does.
I will give it a few weeks and let you know if my findings confirm my theory.
All I can say is that if there is a she, I sure hope she loves Jesus.
Have a great week!
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