Friday, December 4, 2009

Life's all about stopping and smelling the...dog crap?

My kids have always been....well, different. The things in life which you and I may find uninteresting or just downright disgusting, they find amazing and worthy of examination.

For instance, last Tuesday, I asked the little twins, Garrett and Landon, if they wanted to go for a short nature walk. Cole and Bella were at kindergarten and the little ones and I had nothing but time on our hands until we had to go pick the big twins up from school.

Upon leaving the house, I grabbed a couple magnifying glasses. What good is a nature walk if you can't look at things close up and enjoy them, right?



I pulled them down the street in their little red wagon and said, "Okay, guys, if you see something interesting, let me know and I'll stop so we can take a look".

About 5 minutes into the walk, this was the first thing that caught their immediate attention...



Yes, people, that is EXACTLY what you think it is. My precious 2-yr old boys saw a piece of dog shit and thought it was absolutely fascinating. Needless to say, I let them view it from afar, as much as they pleaded with me to let them view it up close.

Moving on, we continued walking until I saw a nice, crunchy pile of leaves. I said, "Hey guys, look at all these cool leaves! Let's examine them up close!" Apparently, that wasn't captivating enough for them so instead they chose to scamper through the neatly raked pile of leaves on the sidewalk, kicking them left and right.

I imagined the gardeners who take care of our neighborhood's landscaping silently cursing about how stupid it was to take a break from leaf blowing right at the same time as I took my demon spawn children for a nature walk. Yeah, those guys know us quite well, I'm afraid.

In the meantime, Garrett found a super cool stick and continued to hit Landon in the back of the head with it, while screeching, "Yee-haw".



To appease me, Landon finally agreed to look at some of the leaves with his magnifying glass. But he refused to squat down to get a closer view. Trust me, though, if it had been another steaming pile of dog shit, he would've shoved his face in it, had I let him.



The last stop on our nature walk was a distasteful message written with spray paint on the sidewalk, probably by some gang banger who had nothing better to do at 2:00 am while his mother laid in bed crying out to the good Lord, "Oh, please tell me where I went wrong with my sweet baby boy!"

Of course, the graffiti required a thorough study so Garrett moved in closer and closer with his magnifying glass.



"What's it say, Mommy?" he asked. "Uh, well", I replied "it says Moms totally rock". He crouched down closer to the cement and continued to stare at the writing as he said, "Wow, I like it".

It was finally time for us to head home. Little brother (by just one minute) pulled big brother in the wagon, which gave my aching arm a break.


Garrett screamed, "Moms rock" all the way home.

Ultimately, the nature walk wasn't exactly how I had envisioned it in my head but that's okay. We were able to get outdoors and enjoy the cool, crisp air while the sun shined down on us.

There was a valuable lesson for both them and me that day. For them, they learned that it's true that all Moms totally rock. If it's written in stone, then it must be true. No room for argument there.

And I learned that it's amusing, as well as refreshing, to see the world through the eyes of your child. Even if it does involve admiring dog shit, as opposed to a gorgeous bushel of flowers. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder....or so they say.


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59 comments:

Frugal Vicki said...

Well, in my mind, if they didn't want to re-rake those leaves they shouldn't have taken a break. It is an absolute SHAME if little kids don't stop and kick leaves. It should be illegal, in fact, for kids to just walk by such beautiful leaves!

Frugal Vicki said...

ROFL, I read this to my hubby who immediately said "there is a lot of stuff going on with dog poop these days"

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

WOW! Your kids are sooo cute.
Love the photos too.
Yee-haw! love it.
love and
hugs hugs

Yaya said...

They are just too cute! I LOVE the orange sweatshirts! :)

M said...

What is it with the fascination with poop? I can't really say that it's a boy thing ... at least not at my house. My twins throw a fit if they can't see each others' poop ... it's a real mutual admiration society around here ... the poop version.

The pictures are very cute. The bright jackets really photograph well ... I need to remember that.

I'm a very novice blogger and finally learned how to post a picture just in time to catch a rare snow day here in North Texas. Your post has me thinking I could have done a better job.

Love your blog...

Mimi and Tilly said...

Fantastic! Your boys here are so gorgeous! I love their shades and orange tops. I wish they did pull along wagons like that in my size, how cool would that be? I love that you took magnifying glasses with you. That doggy gift would have looked truly enormous if they'd taken a look at it through one of those bad boys.

I'm glad you liked your award. Your blog is lovely! Hope you're having a great week.

kys said...

My oldest used to be fascinated with drains. There is a huge one around the corner from our house and that would be a special treat to him - walking to see the drain. "Wanna see da dwain, Mommy!" What a weirdo!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I bet if you had shown them how to burn a hole in the leaf with the magnifying glass, they would have looked closer!

Creative Junkie said...

I honestly think God knew what he was doing when he gave me 2 girls because never once have we ever had to stop on a walk to examine feces.

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

My 21 month old is obsessed with finding snails in our garden to see if they have poo! What is it about poo?

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

Ok..this is gross but.. my kids are absolutely fascinated with my cat's pooper lol. I have one of those automatic cat pooper cleaners. So they watch the cat go and then watch the machine do its work.

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

What a fun nature walk, and I don't think your kids are weird mine love all the gross things, poop, mud, worms, roaches (eek). Its a boy thing.

Amy said...

That was a pretty interesting walk for sure. I loved it and you just crack me up. Have a great day.

Brooke said...

never a dull moment :)

Twins Squared said...

That's funny! It sounds like you all actually had a good time, poop and all! Kids can be so gross, can't they? Every time I change a really nasty diaper - if I say something out loud - the big girls come running over "We wanna see!" Why on earth would they want to see that? The rest of us are trying to run the other direction but I guess that's kids for you. :)

The Mother said...

Who said your boys are different? Sounds perfectly normal to me.

Eva Gallant said...

Loved your blog post. It made me remember when my guys (36 and 38, now!) were little. We used to do similar things! Enjoy them while you can. They are grown and gone, way too soon!

Working Mommy said...

If you're going to lie - why not lie in such a way that makes you look good!! MOMS TOTALLY ROCK!!!

~WM

Beverly said...

Ohhhhh but Mom....dog poo is much more fasinating...and fun to poke with a stick! LOL

KK said...

Its funny what they find interesting. God probably thinks the same thing about me! And yes, all mom's rock!

Erin said...

Moms definitely rock, but I worry about when my girls can really read! LOL!

Corrie Howe said...

I laughed all the way through this. They are all boy(s). I applaud you for taking them out in a wagon. After my first child I only took them out in strollers where I could strap them down. My oldest, who your daughter thinks looks like Zac Efron, got out of the first wagon walk/ride, and it took and hour and a half to get home. (I was a single, working and new mom at the time. I was not at all amused. My boy oldest, had a terrible mom. My two youngest have a much kinder gentler mom who has a sense of humor.)

blueviolet said...

That was such a fun little adventure! But who's the effer who left a steaming pile of crappiness in the middle of the sidewalk?

Jenny said...

So funny and true!

shortmama said...

Dog shit and graffiti....not exactly the best of nature was studied...but they had a good time Im sure!

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

What is with doggy poop?!?! Poor Sugar (our dog) does not even get finished before the girls are studying it!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

That sounds about right! :) I love that you're teaching them at a young age that Moms Totally Rock! They do!

LazyCrazyMama said...

LMAO!!! Priceless!!

twinmama said...

My girls love poop. Everyone and everything's poop. Jelly Bean's mission is to help me find the dog crap in our backyard when I am cleaning it up (not because I want to, but because if I don't then I will step in it inevitably!)

Paula @ Organizing Tips For Moms said...

Did they talk about the poop all day? My kids would.

Mighty M said...

Fun and exciting to say the least! I am glad you didn't have to do any poop clean up off your kids!!!

Karen said...

It's amazing the stuff that fascinates kids!

Menopausal New Mom said...

That is a riot! Yes, at least you enjoyed the fresh air, at least fresh as it can be in the midst of dog shit! Thanks for sharing!

BTW, your boys would love my neighborhood, seems I find a nice pile of dog shit every couple of days on my lawn that my lovely neighbors have missed when walking their damn dogs.

yonca said...

What a fun walk. Those are very cute pics. Love the last one:)Have a great weekend!

Two Normal Moms said...

Love it. Too funny. Oh well, fresh air is good regardless of the "nature" that gets studied. :-)
***Ally

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

I LOVE boys! My sister has four year old twin boys. They are a never ending source of amusement and entertainment for ME. Although for some reason they are not as amusing to my sister as they are for me!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Maybe they are in training to be CSIs???? The more gross stuff they observe, the better trained they'll be. Just make sure they really look authentic by giving them the gloves and tweezers too.

At least it was a fun adventure, in spite of the poop.

Angela said...

You are "Mom" in every sense of the word, Helene! I think you ROCK too!

2 Toddlers and Me said...

Boys will be boys, I guess! At least they'll keep you laughing and fueled with funny stories.

Samantha said...

I always think that it would be fun to do something adventurous like that with Bree, but it wouldn't turn out well & she would be obsessed with poop too. It is fun, however, living vicariously through Bree. Kids are so much fun!

Vodka Logic said...

We do have some of the same readers.. nice.

Thanks for visiting Vodka Logic... loved your post the boys are very cute. and bless for two sets of twin. I only had 2 kinds in a span of 5 years. I'm a coward.. xx

Theta Mom said...

Boys are so funny and your stories always crack me up! That nature walk was filled with fascination with poop and graffiti, priceless Helene! LOL

Mimi and Tilly said...

Hi Helene, yep, not only is it really called Elephant poo-poo paper, it's also made from elephant poo-poo. I kid you not. You can buy it online at London Zoo's website!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Love it!! It IS amusing to get a kid's point of view! Your kiddos rock too!!!!

Flory said...

I need to get me one of those red wagons. A nature walk sounds like a great idea!

I once found my 3 year old playing with cat poop - yuck!!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Oh my! Mom's Rock is right! After all, you can read, so it must say that!
Oh, and the dog shit? Sweet.

Christine said...

ROFL...Mom's rock! How sweet is that? You should record it for future...say 12 years...reference:)

I love that you took a pic of your son looking all scientisty at the leaves...that was my favorite!

You have a great sense of humor, and I'm betting that is the juice that helps to get you through your days, sometimes.

Awesome blog, rockstar mom:)

Shell said...

Kids are so gross!

Thanks for stopping by my blog- though I'm sad to hear that you can relate to my crazy family!

Come by and visit anytime!

prashant said...

? Sounds perfectly normal to me.

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Alex Fitzpatrick aka Ma What's 4 Dinner said...

Moms do Rock! In fact I have a necklace that clearly states, "Boy Moms Rock." I have 3, so I know.

My boys would have been much more interested in the poop too. In fact my middle son has been known to pick it up and eat it. Yes, I am mother of the year in case you were wondering.

I can't wait to come back and check out more of your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine!

Alex

bluecottonmemory said...

Amazing how our children don't see things our way - it doesn't get any easier! However, it is great when they're on the same page as "Mom Rocks" - it doesn't get better than that! In about 8 years you'll have to pay them to say that!LOL

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Hollywood Farm Films said...

Finally I come across another who almost has as many little ones at such a close age I do. , Irish triplets, ages 6,5 and 4. Are you ok? I know you have a MAsters in family psychology, but nobody is ready for this. Two sets of twins??? I'm impressed!

Sometimes I think I might go coo coo banana's! IS it bad to shriek at the 11th hour when the one millionth "Mom, Mom, Mom" is shouted across the farmhouse? Can I change my name and make them call me Mildred, or Anita every now and then?

My middle Little is fascinated with picking things up off the ground. It doesn't matter where we are, as soon as she hops out of the car, she squats on the ground, puts both palms flat on the ground and moves them around while looking up towards the sky as if she were Helen Keller feeling the vibrations of the earth. One day I found her chewing on something right after we entered the grocery.....oops look at me leaving a blog entry in a comment box. Well you can read what I found in her mouth on my blog. Under "My LIttles Girl"
Thank you, I will be following you diligently!

Nicolasa said...

Hahah this is hilarious! At least they didn't want to touch it!

The Lane Family said...

SO true, so true that Beauty is in the eye of beholder!! I have found that Aidan certainly likes to look at everything and anything and pile of dog crap is just as good as a flower.

Also that is pretty darn cute that they kept on saying "mom rocks". Let's keep them believing that!!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I've got SEVERAL piles in my yard they might enjoy. We have 3 dogs.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

My kids are weirdos too. I like to call them "special".

Sharlene said...

Mari would totally have me stop so she could get a closer look at the crap. Every time we take a hike she gets most excited about poop. Deer poop, coyote poop, horse poop. She can identify them all. Oh - and her favorite book "Who pooped in the park". She has a total fecal fascination...

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