Earlier this year, sometime in March, a fire truck was parked in front of our house.

They were checking all the fire hydrants in the neighborhood. My son summed up the courage to talk to firemen and they gave him a sticker. All and all he spend two minutes with them. We have seen them driving around town a few times since.

Every single day, twice, I insist on tooth brushing.

I trust my son to do it on his own and he is very good at it. However he has to be reminded to brush. A few times at least.


Me: Did you brush your teeth?

Little J: In one minute I will.

5 minutes later…

Me: Go brush your teeth.

Little J: I AM! Just have to finish the puzzle.

5 minutes later…

Me: Son, you are all done with the puzzle. We are going to school soon. Have you brushed your teeth?

Little J: I am going now.

1 minute later…

Me(holding my hand up): I asked you four times now. FOUR TIMES!

Little J: You are only holding up three fingers Mommy, not four.

2 minutes later, after I stop laughing in my room.

Me: OK, what do we do every morning, before getting dressed? The reason we came upstairs earlier?

Little J: I don’t remember Mommy. Tell me.

Me: Do you remember the fire engine that was parked outside our house long time ago?

Little J: Yes.

Me: What number is that fire engine?

Little J: 81.

I rest my case. Must be a Y thing…

For the record, I took this at the 4th of July parade.

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  1. Terri Sonoda November 30, 2011 at 21:38 #

    Twitter: tsonoda
    As the mother of a Math professor, I can assure you that your journey and such conversations will go on forever. They are just made that way. My sons and I refer to our family as the Nerds…my older son being the math nerd, younger son the law nerd, and I’m the word nerd. It’s more than wonderful to connect with them in this fun way.
    Now where was I going with this? Ummm. Oh yea. Don’t try to figure out his logic. Just go with the flow. It’ll be that confusing from now on. And that wonderful!
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  2. Bridget November 30, 2011 at 21:45 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    Oh my gosh, that is the best story ever. Seriously, my oldest (who is 15) can remember minute details from soccer matches he saw 3 years ago, but can’t remember what I asked him to grab from downstairs!! It never ends!!
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  3. Jessica November 30, 2011 at 22:46 #

    Twitter: Mytimeasmom
    Ha! Kids. My oldest can’t remember to brush her teeth to save her life but she remembers what we ate for dinner five years ago.

  4. Jessica November 30, 2011 at 22:46 #

    Twitter: Mytimeasmom
    Ha! Kids. My oldest can’t remember to brush her teeth to save her life but she remembers what we ate for dinner five years ago.

  5. Mama, Hear Me Roar November 30, 2011 at 23:49 #

    Twitter: MamaHearMeRoar
    Oh boy, talk about tooth-brushing! Why do little things like that get to the point of nagging sometimes? *groan*
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  6. [email protected] Wants This December 1, 2011 at 01:05 #

    Twitter: MamaWantsThis
    Hahaha!! I love their selective memory.
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  7. Victoria KP December 1, 2011 at 04:01 #

    LOL! I love this! SUCH a Y thing. Several times everyday I remind several young members of my household to flush and put the seat down. Yet they know which of their HUNDREDS of YuGiOh & Pokemon cards belong to which boy.
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  8. Barbara December 1, 2011 at 04:18 #

    Twitter: babspinfrance
    I don’t know if this only applies to children because my husband still does things like this!
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  9. Twisted Domestic Goddess December 1, 2011 at 04:26 #

    yea all my kids can recall things like that at a drop of a hat but tell them to go brush their hair…..and they forget at least 6 times until I threaten to brush it for them!
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  10. kathy December 1, 2011 at 05:39 #

    Guys just NEVER outgrow that! I am amazed that guys I know can recite verbatim a particular play in a football game 5 years ago…the play, who was involved, the time on the clock, and what they were eating at the time! haha.

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  11. Cookie's Mom December 1, 2011 at 06:13 #

    Twitter: SJM_CookiesMom
    LOL. We know they hear us, so why do we still say the same things over and over again as if they don’t? Maybe, in my case, it’s because I’ve run out of priviledges to take away every time he ignores a request or, as is the newest fun craze, says ‘no’ to me. Sigh.
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  12. Linda Medrano December 1, 2011 at 08:36 #

    He’s so beautiful I could forgive him for not having teeth. It’s good that he has Mama to remind him because others might not be so forgiving.
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  13. Anita December 1, 2011 at 08:53 #

    Yes, definitely a Y thing! Although, Xs have things that they will never forget. My teen girls NEVER forget their cell phones. :)
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  14. Runnermom-jen December 1, 2011 at 12:06 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Oh how I can relate to this!! Why is tooth brushing so difficult sometimes? I have to remind/nag the kids MANY times to brush!
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  15. Jodi Hall December 1, 2011 at 12:52 #

    That is the cutest story ever lol dont have kids yet but my husband is like this too 😀
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  16. Bruna December 1, 2011 at 16:14 #

    Twitter: beeswithhoney
    Too cute. Such a boy. Loved the photo for your WW post. He’s going to break a lot of hearts one day!
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  17. jacqui December 1, 2011 at 17:08 #

    Twitter: chicktuition
    He’s unfortunately a typical male with that selective memory. Also…you really should learn your numbers before you hold your fingers up to make your point.
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    • Stasha December 1, 2011 at 22:56 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I know! How hard can it be, all I have to do is tuck my thumb in…

  18. Rachel (Totally Ovar It) December 1, 2011 at 18:57 #

    Twitter: resp1016
    Too funny! I too am a wee bit OCD about brushing my teeth at least twice a day. I won’t shower for 4 days, but dammit my teeth will be clean. I hate that furry/ fuzzy feeling. But I digress. What a representative post of how differently boys think than girls. I love your writing!
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  19. Amanda December 1, 2011 at 19:01 #

    Twitter: lilahbility
    Sounds a lot like my husband…
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  20. RoryBore December 2, 2011 at 15:40 #

    Twitter: rorybore
    sounds like a good science experiment to me. see if he can find something in the fridge, when it is “hidden” behind something else. that will be conclusive evidence – LOL
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  21. Natalie December 3, 2011 at 13:46 #

    Twitter: corp2domestic
    Ha ha it seems kids have to be told to brush their teeth a thousand times even though they do it everyday!
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  22. Jamie December 3, 2011 at 18:25 #

    Twitter: chosenchaos
    This is a total boy thing right? That continues into adulthood when they remember plays of football games they played or watched YEARS ago!! So cute!
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