I recently read an article about the lives of mothers who are raising all boys. The author wrote with a touch of whimsy and a spirit of camaraderie with other women who spent their days in the unique atmosphere that boys create in a home.
As I read my mind went back to my children's growing up years. Though I don't technically fit into the group, I have one daughter along with five sons, there is so much about raising boys that resonates and can be summed up in a few short phrases.
Boys and trees. Not their mere presence in life but rather the challenge that they present. My son, Adam (above), is 29 and he still cannot ignore a good climbing tree. Never could and probably never will.
Boys and chainsaws. My husband is running a chainsaw to do some tree trimming here and we had all we could to keep Layn at a safe distance. Notice that the photographer (me) was at a more than safe distance. As long as I have known Doug the fact of a chainsaw in his hands has spelled doom for any stray branch, limb, twig, dead tree, whatever he may deem cuttable that enters into his sight. The younger generation is just as susceptible.
Boys and large equipment! My husband may be a man, look like a man, act like a man, and speak like a man but put him near a truck, tractor, loader, or any other kind of large equipment and he is all there! I didn't have to ask him twice or even finish my sentence when I asked him about pushing up a load of horse manure for the garden. He even graciously left me with the first bucket load full!
Boys and water! 'Nuff said! All through their growing us years I cannot remember a time that I didn't pack a change of clothes for the whole crew whenever we went anywhere where water figured into the equation.